Graduation —— Is it true that graduates won’t be allowed to wear honor cords, etc.?
No. It is not true. This is just a rumor.
The district reviews this each year as part of our preparations for graduation.
This year, the Superintendent’s Student Advisory panel, made up of seniors and juniors from all five of the district’s high schools and the technology center, also participated in this process. They asked about Girls and Boys State, Girl Scouts of America and the National Technical Honor Society, just to name a few.
However, in the end, our schools chose to continue the same traditions (which include a variety of stoles, cords, medallions and seals on their diplomas) this year that recognize their academic accomplishments at this year’s graduations.
Some examples of those follow:
Students who complete a “major” receive a cord to wear around their neck and over their gown.
Students who enlisted and will go directly into a branch of the military receive a military cord from the South Carolina Department of Education.
Centers for Advanced Study completers wear a white stole with the center’s logo on it.
Graduates of the district’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme receive a stole.
The district’s high schools recognize honor graduates in a variety of ways. Some give medallions. Some give honor graduate stoles.
Graduates of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and South Carolina college partners’ Accelerate program wear a medallion.
The district’s high schools recognize National Honor Society and/or Beta Club members with seals on diplomas, stoles, etc.
In addition, each high school holds an annual awards program, usually at night, and recognizes students’ other awards such as scholarships, etc. in the graduation program.