Graduation

Discover the diploma requirements, Class of 2021 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!
  • Take Civics Exam

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
  • College & Career Ready Flex Credit-2 credits
  • Health Education – .5 credits
  • Computers** – .5 credits
  • Electives – 6 credits

*Starting with the class of 2023 students will need to show 0.05 American Government credit and .5 Economics

**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!
  • Take Civics Exam

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

*Starting with the class of 2023 students will need to show 0.05 American Government credit and .5 Economics

**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!
  • Take Civics Exam

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 – Electives – 6 credits, plus 1 credit of Arts/Humanities or Career and Technical Education
  • 2 or more credits in:
    • Dual-credit courses
    • Career and technical education (CTE) courses

*Starting with the class of 2023 students will need to show 0.05 American Government credit and .5 Economics

**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
  • Take Civics Exam

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 – Electives – 6 credits, plus 1 credit of Arts/Humanities or Career and Technical Education
  • 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
  • Take Civics Exam

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

*Starting with the class of 2023 students will need to show 0.05 American Government credit and .5 Economics

**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!
  • Take Civics Exam

NSHS Regents Portfolio Requirements

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

  • Updated Resume (All)
  • Interview scores for the Pre-interview (fall) (All)
  • Post-interview scores (spring) (All)
  • 40+ hours of non-profit volunteer or high school or college club/activity or sport (All)
  • 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 college plan (All)
  • College academic plan for the transferring college up to a Bachelor’s degree (All)
  • 3 college research form (All)
  • College admittance verification or CSN Major Declaration (for seniors)
  • FAFSA application verification (for seniors) or hard copy mock form (for juniors)
  • 5 college scholarship applications templates or submission proof (All)
  • All or most recent ACT test scores (include SAT if available) (All)
  • ACT Engage or NCIS Proof (results, degree, summary of position, and average salary)
  • WorkKeys assessment scores (Level of Gold Required for Regent’s Diploma) (All)
  • Updated or current high school transcript (Advanced Diploma Required for Regent’s) (All)
  • Updated or current college transcript (average of 12 credits for Regent’s)
    • Showing completion of remedial requirements courses with C or better (All)
  • Syllabi for all college classes
  • Black 1 inch binder
  • Has appropriate tabs
  • Documents in correct order
  • Professional/organized appearance

Class of 2021 Graduation Information

Southern Nevada Graduation

Seniors: please review the graduation information below. We will have two graduation ceremonies this year to allow students to bring more family and friends while adhering to Covid capacity limits:

  • Venue: UNLV Thomas & Mack Center
  • Date: Saturday May 22, 2021
  • Ceremony A Time: 10:00 AM (Henderson, Downtown Henderson, Southwest Campuses)
  • Ceremony B Time: 2:00 PM (Summerlin, Northwest, Downtown, and Sunrise Campuses)
  • Tickets: Students will receive 3 free tickets at Grad Practice on Thurs. May 20th. Additional tickets will be available for purchase from UNLV Tickets mid-April. The date/time tickets will be live for purchase will be announced on Moodle prior to release. Additional tickets are $10 each (plus processing fees) and are unlimited until sold out.

Grad Packets: The Grad Packet includes your cap, gown, tassel, special NSHS medal/key chain, certificate, diploma cover, and senior shirt. Packets (excluding the certificate and cover) will be distributed at graduation practice in May. Purchase your Grad Pack here: https://nshs.regfox.com/2021-grad-packets

Grad Practice: Graduation practice is MANDATORY for all students who are graduating. You MUST make arrangements to attend. This is the only day cap/gowns and free tickets will be distributed for graduation. Students will get important graduation information. Be sure to bring your grade proofs with you. All NSHS graduates must attend grad practice even if they are not “walking” in the ceremony. If you are not graduating, please do not come to this event, and notify your DSA. Please check Moodle for details regarding graduation practice for your campus.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I pick up my cap/gown early? No. Materials will be distributed at Grad Practice.
  • How many guests can attend? Students receive 3 free tickets and can purchase unlimited additional tickets from UNLV while supplies last.
  • What diploma am I eligible for? Review the diploma requirements here: https://earlycollegenv.com/graduation/

Keep checking Moodle for updates as the semester progresses. Please send a help ticket if you have further questions.

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Northern Nevada Graduation

  • Venue: Grand Sierra Resort Convention Center
  • Date: Tuesday May 25, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Tickets: At this time, students will receive a maximum of 7 tickets (free) at Grad Practice

Grad Packets: The Grad Packet includes your cap, gown, tassel, special NSHS medal/key chain, certificate, diploma cover, and senior shirt. Packets (excluding the certificate and cover) will be distributed at graduation practice in May. Purchase your Grad Pack here: https://nshs.regfox.com/2021-grad-packets


Grad Practice: Graduation practice is MANDATORY for all students who are graduating. You MUST make arrangements to attend. This is the only day cap/gowns and free tickets will be distributed for graduation.  Students will get important graduation information. Be sure to bring your grade proofs with you.  All NSHS graduates must attend grad practice even if they are not “walking” in the ceremony.  If you are not graduating, please do not come to this event, and notify your DSA. Please check Moodle for details regarding graduation practice for your campus.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I pick up my cap/gown early? No. Materials will be distributed at Grad Practice.
  • How many guests can attend? Students receive 10 free tickets
  • What diploma am I eligible for? Review the diploma requirements here: https://earlycollegenv.com/graduation/

Keep checking Moodle for updates as the semester progresses. Please send a help ticket if you have further questions.

The Grad Packet includes: cap, gown, tassel, special NSHS medal/key chain, senior t-shirt, certificate, and cover. Packets (excluding the certificate and cover) will be distributed at graduation practice in May. Current packet price is $60 and prices will increase to $100 on April 1st! Grad Packets are required for all graduates who are participating in the graduation ceremony.

Purchase Grad Packets Here: https://nshs.regfox.com/2021-grad-packets

Graduation practice is MANDATORY for all students who are graduating. You MUST make arrangements to attend. This is the only day cap and gowns will be distributed for graduation. Students will get important graduation information. Be sure to bring your grade proofs with you. All NSHS graduates must attend grad practice even if they are not “walking” in the ceremony. If you are not graduating, please do not come to this event, and notify your DSA.

 

Northern Nevada Graduation Practice:

Location: NSHS Meadowwood Campus

Date & Time: Tuesday May 18th at 9:00 AM

 

Southern Nevada Graduation Practice:

Date: Thursday May 20, 2021

Times (at your designated campus):

  • Downtown – 7:00 AM
  • Southwest – 7:00 AM
  • Sunrise – 9:00 AM
  • Northwest – 9:30 AM
  • Downtown Henderson – 12:00 PM
  • Summerlin – 1:00 PM
  • Henderson – 2:00 PM