Each junior high school holds a graduation ceremony for eighth grade students. The exact date is set in spring. To participate, eighth grade students must complete all academic assignments one week prior to the ceremony. It is the student’s responsibility to turn in all late or missing assignments. Failure to turn in even one assignment will cause the student to be excluded. In addition, all charges for lost or damaged items must be received by the end of the last regularly scheduled school day prior to their graduation ceremony. Extreme inappropriate behavior could also cause a student to be excluded from the graduation ceremony at the discretion of school administrators. To receive the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, students must maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average for the six trimesters prior to graduation. Students must attend a District 54 school for all of seventh and eighth grade.