503.06 – Graduation Academic Recognition
Academic recognition will be granted to those students who meet the following criteria:
- The class valedictorian will be recognized solely on the basis of a 4.00 scale.
- The salutatorian will be recognized solely on the basis of a 4.00 scale with that student being the one with the highest grade point average after the selection of the valedictorian.
- In determining all academic award honors all classes, including the final semester of the senior year, will be compiled to determine the final grade point averages for each individual student.
- Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 on a 4.00 scale and above will be recognized as graduating summa cum laude and will wear a gold-colored rope draped around their necks during commencement.
- Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and above will be recognized as graduating magna cum laude and will wear a silver-colored rope draped around their necks during commencement.
- Students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society will wear appropriate colors during commencement.
- To be eligible for academic honors students must attend Colfax-Mingo High School the final semester of their senior year (which could be the first semester if a mid-year graduate).
- Juniors who complete graduation requirements and choose to graduate a year ahead of their class will not be eligible for consideration for awards excluding National Honor Society recognition. However, following commencement, such students will be included in the class rank of the class in which they graduate.
- Three commencement speakers will be chosen to speak at commencement exercises. These students will be selected from the top ten percent of the class academically as determined by the 4.00 grading scale. The principal will ask students according to class rank if they would like to speak until the number of speakers is established. If fewer than three qualified students express interest in speaking, the number of speakers will be reduced to the number expressing interest.
It shall be the responsibility of the high school principal and/or his/her designee to determine the final ranking of all students ensuring the above guidelines are implemented in the determination of all academic awards.
Date of Adoption: July 1, 1985
Reviewed & Revised: January 8, 1996; October 21, 2002; January 27, 2003; January 21, 2008; September 5, 2006; March 15, 2019