In order to graduate from Saint Francis High School, a student must be registered, enrolled and attending school during the two semesters of his/ her senior year. Seniors who have attended Saint Francis High School for seven semesters but are not enrolled during the graduating semester may be eligible for a Saint Francis diploma if they have a compelling family or health reason to leave Saint Francis in the eighth semester, secured prior approval from the principal and completed all graduation requirements through Saint Francis or another accredited institution.


In order to participate in the graduation ceremony for Saint Francis High School, a student must be of senior standing; be currently enrolled at Saint Francis High school in five or more courses for spring semester; successfully complete all graduation requirements, including second semester senior courses and required service hours; be in good standing with the disciplinary code, specifically not in serious violation of school rules or expectations, including but not limited to drug and alcohol violations and other serious offenses as articulated in the Parent-Student Handbook.

Enrolled students who are not eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony due to academic or disciplinary deficiencies may be eligible for a Saint Francis diploma under the following circumstances:

  1. Upon successful completion of graduation requirements at an accredited summer school following graduation;
  2. Upon successful completion of community service hours in a summer program sanctioned by Saint Francis High School;
  3. Upon successful completion of disciplinary hours and after the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Honors

Diplomas awarded by Saint Francis High School are granted with certain distinctions noted in the Graduation Program: Cum Laude for a student maintaining at least a 3.50 weighted cumulative grade point average through seven semesters; Magna Cum Laude for a student maintaining at least a 3.70 weighted cumulativegradepointaveragethroughsevensemesters;Maxima Cum Laude for a student maintaining a weighted cumulative grade point average of at least 3.90 through seven semesters. The number one and number two students in the class through seven semesters will be honored as the valedictorian and salutatorian respectively.

Graduation Speaker

The speaker for the graduating class will be selected by the Director of Academics and a committee of faculty members. In order to be considered as a speaker for the ceremony, a prospective candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. Student must be a senior and enrolled at Saint Francis for a minimum of three academic years.
  2. Student’s four years at Saint Francis must reflect the mission and philosophy of the school.
  3. Student must have a cumulative weighted grade point average above a 3.0.
  4. Student must be in good disciplinary standing.
  5. Student must complete the application by due date.

After the audition process, the committee will choose the speech and speaker deemed most suitable for the graduation ceremony. Any student who has violated the Principle of Academic Ethics or has incurred a Serious Offense of the Disciplinary Code of Saint Francis as defined in the Student/Parent Handbook may be deemed ineligible to be a graduation speaker.

Saint Francis High School1885 Miramonte AvenueMountain View, California 94040650 968-1213Fax: 650 968-1706
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