In order to acknowledge the academic achievement of students over the course of their high school careers at the annual graduation ceremony, the high school principal will designate a valedictorian and salutatorian. The valedictorian will be designated as the student who has earned the highest weighted cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the third academic quarter of the senior year. The salutatorian will be designated as the student who has earned the next highest weighted cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the third academic quarter of the senior year. For the purpose of making this designation, the weighted cumulative grade point averages will be calculated to the hundredths place.
Those students so designated as valedictorian and salutatorian, as well as any other student commencement speakers designated by the high school principal, will be provided with the opportunity to speak at their commencement ceremony, provided that they submit a written copy of their remarks for review by the high school principal and class advisor(s) at least two weeks in advance of the ceremony.
The high school principal and class advisor(s) will use the following guidelines in reviewing the graduation speech of each student commencement speaker: it must be grammatically correct; must not endanger the health, safety, or welfare of students; must not be libelous, vulgar, profane, or obscene; and must not threaten any person or group in the school or advocate action that would bring about discrimination on the basis of race, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, or other discriminatory basis.
While the salutatorian and valedictorian, as well as other designated student commencement speakers, have a great deal of latitude in what they may say in their commencement addresses, the Board of Education urges them to consider in advance the appropriateness of their intended remarks and the potential effect of those remarks on their classmates, their parents, and their family. The Board does not wish to engender ill will in the community that might result, whether intentionally or unintentionally, from the remarks delivered by the graduation speakers.