Graduation

Discover the diploma requirements, Class of 2020 event information, logos to use for announcements, and more.

Diploma Requirements

Credit Requirements

  • English – 4 credits (fulfill college remedial requirements)
  • Math – 3 credits, including Algebra I or higher (fulfill college remedial requirements)
  • Science – 2 credits
  • Social Studies – 3 credits, including American government, American history, and world history
  • Physical Education – 2 credits
  • Health Education – .5 credits
  • Computers* – .5 credits
  • Electives – 7.5 credits

*Students who show proof of .5 credits of successful completion of Computers in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade are not required to take the Computers course of study in high school.

Additional Requirements

  • Take the ACT (with writing)
  • Pass NSHS Study Skills or meet exemption requirements – .5 credits for each semester enrolled
  • Pass NSHS Transitions – .5 credits for each semester enrolled in their first year at NSHS
  • Pass any NSHS remedial classes
  • Pass NSHS COMPASS – No credit given, but passing is required for NSHS graduation!

Credit Requirements

  • English – 4 credits (fulfill college remedial requirements)
  • Math – 4 credits, including Algebra I or higher (fulfill college remedial requirements)
  • Science – 3 credits, including two laboratory classes
  • Social Studies – 3 credits, including American government, American history, and world history
  • Physical Education – 2 credits
  • Health Education – .5 credits
  • Computers* – .5 credits
  • Electives – 6 credits, plus 1 credit of Arts/Humanities or Career and Technical Education

*Students who show proof of .5 credits of successful completion of Computers in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade are not required to take the Computers course of study in high school.

Additional Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Take the ACT (with writing)
  • Pass NSHS Study Skills or meet exemption requirements – .5 credits for each semester enrolled
  • Pass NSHS Transitions – .5 credits for each semester enrolled in their first year at NSHS
  • Pass any NSHS remedial classes
  • Pass NSHS COMPASS – No credit given, but passing is required for NSHS graduation!

In 2017, the State Legislature created a College and Career Readiness Diploma. The specific requirements of this diploma that differ from the Advanced Diploma are italicized below.

Credit Requirements

  • English – 4 credits (fulfill college remedial requirements)
  • Math – 4 credits, including Algebra II or higher (fulfill college remedial requirements)
  • Science – 3 credits, including two laboratory classes
  • Social Studies – 3 credits, including American government, American history, and world history
  • Physical Education – 2 credits
  • Health Education – .5 credits
  • Computers* – .5 credits
  • Electives – 6 credits
  • 2 or more credits in:
    • Dual-credit courses
    • Career and technical education (CTE) courses

*Students who show proof of .5 credits of successful completion of Computers in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade are not required to take the Computers course of study in high school.

Additional Requirements

  • Must obtain one or both of the following endorsements:
    • College-Ready Endorsement
      • Successfully complete a college readiness assessment prescribed by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada; and
      • Score above the minimum for initial (non-remedial) placement into college-level English and mathematics courses.
    • Career-Ready Endorsement
  • Maintain a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  • Take the ACT (with writing)
  • Pass NSHS Study Skills or meet exemption requirements – .5 credits for each semester enrolled
  • Pass NSHS Transitions – .5 credits for each semester enrolled in their first year at NSHS
  • Pass any NSHS remedial classes
  • Pass NSHS COMPASS – No credit given, but passing is required for NSHS graduation

Nevada State High School’s Regents Diploma is the highest diploma that can be earned at NSHS. It acknowledges the commitment of NSHS students who are prepared for college through development of their personal, academic, and social skills.

IMPORTANT: To be valedictorian or salutatorian, candidates must receive the Regents Diploma.

Credit Requirements (same as Advanced Diploma)

  • English – 4 credits (fulfill college remedial requirements)
  • Math – 4 credits, including Algebra I or higher (fulfill college remedial requirements)
  • Science – 3 credits, including two laboratory classes
  • Social Studies – 3 credits, including American government, American history, and world history
  • Physical Education – 2 credits
  • Health Education – .5 credits
  • Computers* – .5 credits
  • Electives – 6 credits, plus 1 credit of Arts/Humanities or Career and Technical Education

*Students who show proof of .5 credits of successful completion of Computers in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade are not required to take the Computers course of study in high school.

Additional Requirements

  • Earn college credits for an average of 4 classes each semester that are 3 or more credits
  • Earn an 80% or better on the Regents Portfolio (see requirements below)
  • Maintain a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Take the ACT (with writing)
  • Pass NSHS Study Skills or meet exemption requirements – .5 credits for each semester enrolled
  • Pass NSHS Transitions – .5 credits for each semester enrolled in their first year at NSHS
  • Pass any NSHS remedial classes
  • Pass NSHS COMPASS – No credit given, but passing is required for NSHS graduation!

NSHS Regents Portfolio Requirements

The Regents Portfolio must include the following documents submitted in a three-ring binder for verification.

  • Updated resume
  • Interview scores for the fall (pre-scores) and spring (post-scores)
  • 40+ hours of nonprofit volunteer work or involvement in a club/activity/sport
  • Letters of recommendation (recommended)
  • List of references (recommended)
  • Work experience (recommended)
  • Personal awards or honors (recommended)
    • Scholarships (recommended)
    • Community/organization awards (recommended)
    • Special certificates or trainings (recommended)
  • An updated high school academic plan that aligns to a college academic plan
  • A college academic plan that transfers to the selected college (up to a bachelor’s degree)
  • Five college research forms
  • College admittance verification or CSN Major Declaration (for seniors)
  • FAFSA application verification (for seniors) or a hard copy of the mock form (for juniors)
  • College scholarship/application essay
  • Three college scholarship application templates or proof of submission
  • All or most recent ACT test scores (include SAT if available)
  • ACT Engage assessment scores
  • ACT WorkKeys assessment scores (Gold level required for Regents Diploma)
  • Proof of passing state exams
  • Updated or current high school transcript
  • Updated or current college transcript (showing an average of 12 college credits per semester for Regents Diploma)
    • Completion of college remedial requirements with a C or better
  • Syllabi for all college classes (recommended)
  • Lesson assignments and activities
  • NSHS forms (or copies of them)

Class of 2020 Graduation Information

Event Details: Southern Nevada

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: UNLV Thomas & Mack Center, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154

 

Event Details: Northern Nevada

Date: “TBA”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Good Luck Macbeth Theatre, 124 W. Taylor Street, Reno, NV 89509

Information about graduation packets (which include students’ caps and gowns) will be available in early 2019.

Information about graduation practice will be available in early 2019.