Anne Arundel County Public Schools has made changes to procedures that will affect the Class of 2018 graduation ceremony.
1. Academic Honors – Honors for the Class of 2018 are now based on the Latin System, where students are recognized for academic achievement. Students who meet the GPA requirements for each group will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze colored stole to wear over the graduation gown. The honors are:
Summa Cum Laude – weighted GPA of 4.3 or higher
Magna Cum Laude – weighted GPA of 4 to 4.29
Cum Laude – unweighted GPA of 3.4 to 4.0
2. Students in the top 5% of the class will no longer receive a gold cord, since they will now meet the requirements for a Latin Honor, instead.
3. Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be seated on the stage during graduation and will receive medals for their academic performance. Medals will be awarded during the Senior Awards program on May 22, 2018, not during the graduation ceremony.
4. Valedictorian and Salutatorian will not be speaking during the graduation ceremony. For 2018, the Senior Class President will speak, with a second speaker to be selected via competition, which will be held in April.
5. At the directive of Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education, DECORATED GRADUATION CAPS ARE PROHIBITED. Caps that have been decorated in any way will be confiscated and replaced with a plain cap. Confiscated caps may be picked up the day after graduation in the school office.