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5127 Commencement Activities

NORTHFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION FILE CODE: 5127 Northfield, New Jersey Monitored X Mandated Policy X Other Reasons


The Northfield Board of Education endorses promotion activities and ceremonies. The date of promotion ceremonies shall annually be recommended by the Superintendent of Schools and approved by the board. Guidelines for Promotion Activities Student participation in special promotion activities will require conduct of the highest caliber in all school

situations. Criteria for exclusion from these activities concern consistent behavioral patterns and shall include, but not be limited to:

A. Consistent involvement in disciplinary action(s);

B. Suspension; The final decision shall be made by the Superintendent of Schools. Students and parents/guardians shall be given advance notification of these criteria. Promotion Procedures and Ceremonies No student shall be barred from participation in promotion ceremonies for arbitrary or discriminatory reasons.

A student who may be prevented from participation and his/her parents/guardians shall be so notified in

advance prior to the close of the school year. When a student or his/her parents/guardians experiences financial hardship and is unable to pay the costs of participation in promotion ceremonies, the board shall assume the costs.

Financial hardship shall be defined by eligibility standards for free and reduced price meals under the state

school lunch program. The board reserves the right to deny participation in promotion activities when extreme circumstances warrant it. Such denial shall be treated in the same manner as a suspension and the student so affected shall be afforded the rights of review provided in policies of this board.

The board shall not prevent, or otherwise deny participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in any district school, consistent with guidance issued by the United States Department of Education and applicable judicial decisions interpreting the religion clauses of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Adopted: No Date NJSBA Review/Update: November 2009; December 2010 Readopted: October 24, 2011

Key Words Promotion Activities, Graduation Ceremonies

File Code: 5127


Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-5.1 Boards of education prohibited from excluding students from graduation ceremony or from obtaining yearbook for
inability to pay fees
N.J.S.A. 18A:11-1 General mandatory powers and duties
N.J.S.A. 18A:36-18 Books containing organic laws at graduation
N.J.S.A. 18A:37-2 Causes for suspension or expulsion of students
N.J.S.A. 18A:54-20 Powers of board (county vocational schools)
  1. 6A:8-5.1 et seq. Implementation of Graduation Requirements
  2. 6A:16-7.1 et seq. Student Conduct

Ballato v. Long Branch Board of Education, 1990 S.L.D. (August 20)

Lee v. Weisman, 112 S. Ct. 2649 (1992)

R.L. v. Kingsway Regional Board of Education, 95 NJAR2d (EDU) 296

D.C. v. Parsippany Troy Hills Board of Education, 96 NJAR2d (EDU) 697

DO’G v. Ridgefield Park Board of Education, 96 NJAR2d (EDU) 820

R.F. v. Park Ridge Board of Education, 97 NJAR2d (EDU) 1

American Civil Liberties Union v. Blackhorse Pike Regional Board of Education, 84 F. 3d 1471 (3d Cir. 1996)


Cross References: *5113 Absences and excuses

*5114 Suspension and expulsion

*5126 Awards for achievement

*5131 Conduct/discipline

*6111 School calendar

*6115 Ceremonies and observances

*6141.2 Recognition of religious beliefs and customs

*6146 Graduation requirements

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.