FMH(LEGAL) - STUDENT ACTIVITIES: COMMENCEMENT

Invocations/Benedictions

School-Sponsored Speech

Note: In Jones v. Clear Creek Indep. Sch. Dist., 977 F.2d 963 (5th Cir. 1992), cert. denied, 508 U.S. 967 (1993), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a district may permit a graduating senior class, with the advice and counsel of the senior class sponsor, to select student volunteers to deliver nonsectarian, nonproselytizing invocations and benedictions for the purpose of solemnizing graduation ceremonies. Although not expressly overruled, the precedential value of this case has been called into question by the United States Supreme Court's decision in Santa Fe Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290 (2000).

Private Student Speech

Early Graduates

Special Education Students

Certificate of Coursework Completion

Rockdale ISD

FMH(LEGAL)-P

UPDATE 101

DATE ISSUED: 12/5/2014