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Deadline for Regents Scholar Diplomas approaching

The Regents Scholar Diploma program recognizes graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence. The deadline for schools to submit names is April 1.

To be eligible for a Regents Scholar Diploma, a student must meet minimum academic requirements. High school administrators are responsible for requesting the special certificates for those students who qualify. School districts often present the certificates during graduation or awards ceremonies.

To request the designation of eligible graduating seniors as Regent Scholars, the high school administrator must submit the following: the name of each eligible graduating senior; each studentís SIMS ID number; and the studentís graduation date. In turn, the department will print Regents Scholar Diploma certificates to be presented to those students.

For more information, visit www.doe.sd.gov/secretary/regents.asp. Or contact Pam Hoepfer, Department of Education, at (605) 773-3426 or pam.hoepfer@state.sd.us.