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Thursday, December 11, 2014

AISD Diploma Ceremony for War Veterans 2014

Austin ISD awarded 11 Veterans who served in the armed forces without finishing high school belated diplomas at an award ceremony.
AISD Board President Vincent Torres and Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz gave remarks.
Background: Veterans were eligible if they served in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Iraq War, War in Afghanistan or any other formally declared war by the U.S., met requirements and applied by Friday, Oct. 10.
Beginning in 2005, the Texas Legislature expanded the diploma program to include any veteran who:
  • Is an honorably discharged member of the armed forces of the U.S.;
  • Was scheduled to graduate from high school after 1940 and before 1975, or after 1989; and
  • Left school after completing sixth grade or higher, but before graduating from high school, to serve in any formally declared war by the United States Congress, military engagement authorized by a United Nations Security Council resolution and funded by the U.S. Congress, or conflict authorized by the president of the U.S. under the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 United States Code ~1541 et. seq.).