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GA high schools now accepting diploma petitions

Janice Richardson Janice Richardson
Dorothy Thomas Dorothy Thomas

Valdosta High School had, as of Wednesday, begun accepting petitions for diplomas from former students who did not receive their diploma.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a law at the end of  March, officially eliminating the state mandated high school graduation test state wide.

As of Wednesday, anyone who was a VHS student after July 1st, 1981 and met all the graduation requirements but did not pass the graduation test could petition the high school for a diploma.

The school's principal said she is excited and one mother who was at the high school Wednesday morning to fill out a form for her daughter said she, too, was excited.

"We're excited because some students have come back year after year to try to pas the test," said VHS Principal Janice Richardson. "This will give [my daughter] the opportunity to go on and pursue that education that she wants and to be that daycare owner that she decided to be," said Dorothy Thomas, who was filling out a petition form for her daughter.

As of Wednesday, The high school planned to hand out the diplomas on September 15th but there was no word as to whether a formal ceremony would be held.

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