FMH Student Activities: Commencement

School officials shall not direct the performance of a formal religious exercise at promotional and graduation ceremonies. Lee et al. v. Weisman, 112 S.Ct. 2649 (1992) (addressing prayer by clergy at graduation)

The Board permits the graduating senior class, with the advice and counsel of the senior class sponsor, to elect to choose student volunteers to deliver nonsectarian, nonproselytizing invocations and benedictions for the purpose of solemnizing their graduation ceremonies. Jones v. Clear Creek ISD, 977 F.2d 963 (5th Cir. 1992), cert. denied; 113 S.Ct. 2950 (1993)


A parent is entitled to have a child who graduates earlier than the child would normally graduate participate in graduation ceremonies at the time the child graduates, if the child completes each course required for graduation. Education Code 26.003(a)(3)(C),(4) See EIF

Adopted: 1/29/93

Amended: 9/29/95, 3/26/04