The high school commencement symbolizes the end of one era and the beginning of another. Inappropriate attire and behavior throughout the Commencement Exercises demeans the significance of this occasion. Consequently, the South Sanpete Board of Education directs that appropriate conduct and dress and grooming standards for these Exercises be established for the benefit of the graduates as they embark in this new era of their lives.
In regards to student conduct and dress and grooming choices at Commencement Exercises, the Board encourages all students and parents to exercise good judgment, exhibit responsible behavior, and endeavor to reflect respect for themselves, their fellow students, their school, and their community.
Commencement Exercises refers to the entire duration of the graduation ceremonies, e.g., from when students are assigned to be there that night, through the opening processional, though the entire program, and through the completion of the recessional.
Commencement Exercises are not a required part of the educational process; therefore, students who desire to treat the Commencement Exercises lightly or disrespectfully should not attend or participate. In regards to the Commencement Exercises, students are expected to comply with the following guidelines:
1. Students are required to follow the District’s “Dress and Grooming Standards” outlined in Policy JFCA and wear the prescribed cap and gown without additional ornamentation or decoration. In addition, it is highly recommended that students wear nice clothes (Sunday best) to these Exercises.
2. Students shall exhibit proper respect, conduct, and behavior throughout these Exercises. Disrupting, distracting, or degrading activities or behavior shall not be tolerated.
3. Students shall not wear any unauthorized items, e.g., clothing, accessories, jewelry, etc., that draw undue attention or detract from the dignity and decorum of the occasion. Mantles, cords, insignias, medals, etc., signifying achievement, honor, or recognition, are restricted to awards issued and approved for display at graduation by the local high school.
4. Students who violate the law or jeopardize the health and safety of individuals at these Exercises shall be referred to law enforcement authorities.
5. Students who do not comply or violate these guidelines shall be invited to leave and not allowed to participate. These students shall receive their diplomas through the mail.
Prior to the Commencement Exercises each year, a copy of this Policy shall be reviewed and/or given to the graduates and their parents/guardians.