Graduation Recognition

  • Recognition of Academic Achievements at Graduation 

    Durham Public Schools combines two systems to recognize the academic achievement of its seniors. Each school will continue to honor a valedictorian and salutatorian. Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, the district will also recognize students with a high GPA using the Latin honors designations of summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude.


    Latin Distinction Weighted GPA

     Summa cum laude 4.25 + Magna cum laude 4.00 < 4.25 Cum laude 3.75 < 4.00


    DPS Promotion Requirements

    High school students shall be promoted by earning credits through successful completion of courses. Per DPS Board Policy 3235.3, students in grades 6-8 may earn credit towards high school graduation by successfully completing courses that are described in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for grades 9-12.


    From Grade → To Grade

    Credits Needed

    9 → 10


    10 → 11


    11 → 12



    12 → Graduate