IKFB - Graduation Exercises

Code: IKFB
Adopted: 8/13/97
Re-adopted: 10/13/10, 2/22/12, 8/10/22
Original Code: IKFB

The Board believes that completion of the requirements for a diploma, a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate from public schools is an achievement that improves the community as well as the individual. The Board wishes to recognize this achievement in a publicly, celebrated graduation exercise.

Accordingly, appropriate graduation programs may be planned by the building principal on the date selected by the Board.

The district’s valedictorian(s), salutatorian(s) or others, at the discretion of the principal or designee, may be permitted to speak as part of the district’s planned graduation program. All speeches will be reviewed and approved in advance by the building principal or designee.

All students in good standing[1] who have successfully completed the requirements for a high school diploma, or qualify to receive or receives a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate, including a student participating in a district-sponsored alternative education program and a student with disabilities receiving a document certifying successful completion of program requirements, shall have the option to participate in graduation exercises.

A student shall be allowed to wear a dress uniform issued to the student by a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces if the student:

1. Qualifies to receive a high school diploma, a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate; and
2. Has completed basic training for, and is an active member of, a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Graduating students will be allowed to wear Native American or other items of cultural significance.


1 A student may be denied participation in graduation exercises for conduct that violates board policy, administrative regulation and/or code of conduct provisions.

Legal Reference(s)

ORS 329.451
ORS 332.107
ORS 339.505
ORS 343.295
OAR 581-021-0050
OAR 581-021-0055
OAR 581-021-0060
OAR 581-022-2000                                                                                                                              OAR 581-022-2010                                                                                                                                        OAR 581-022-2015                                                                                                                                        OAR 581-022-2020                                                                                                                                        OAR 581-022-2505

31 OR. ATTY. GEN. OP. 428 (1964)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1683 (2018); Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (2020).
Kay v. David Douglas Sch. Dist. No. 40,1987); cert. den., 484 U.S. 1032 (1988).
Doe v. Madison Sch. Dist. No. 321, 177 F.3d 789 (9th Cir. 1999).
Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577 (1992).
Hazelwood Sch. Dist. v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).