Graduating With Honors
Valedictorian/Salutatorian: Valedictorian is the highest rank in the graduating class and shall be awarded to the student(s) who qualify as determined by MUHSD board policy AR 5127. Salutatorian is the second-highest rank in the class, and shall be identified by site administration based on overall (total, weighted) GPA.
Gold Cord: A gold honor cord is awarded to graduates who have maintained a 3.5 G.P.A. throughout four (4) years of high school.
Silver Cord: Students performing voluntary community service may earn recognition for their work by keeping a record of the hours they contribute. Students earn a silver honor cord by accumulating 250 hours or more of service. If you begin early and add hours each year, it's easy and the rewards are many.
The Community Service program is handled through the Career Center (room 206). It is recommended that you discuss your service ideas with the Career Technician before you begin, to be sure your chosen activity qualifies for credit toward the silver cord. All hours must be documented and verified. More information, including community service opportunities and all necessary forms, are available on the GVHS Career Center webpage.
White Robe/Gold Stole/CSF Pin:
There are two levels of membership in the California Scholarship Federation.
- Life Membership (qualify four out of the last six semesters, with one semester in the senior year)
- 100% Membership (qualify six of the last six semesters).
CTE Pathway Completion: Students who complete a full sequence of three or more courses in a single CTE Pathway will be recognized. More details on this honor will be forthcoming. This opportunity is available starting with the Class of 2020.
Other Adornments: Various other stoles, cords, or pins may be earned by graduates who have met participation requirements in campus organizations like AVID or FFA.
Seal of Biliteracy: If you are proficient in another language(s) besides English, we encourage you to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy on your diploma/transcript. Visit the MCOE website for more information about this opportunity. See your counselor if you'd like to apply.
Scholarships: While researching and applying for scholarships is a lot of work, it is effort well spent! Each year GVHS graduates earn an impressive number of scholarships to help them on their continuing academic journey. MUHSD students are lucky to have a dedicated College & Scholarship Counselor to help them navigate the world of financial aid. It is critical that students read every issue of the Senior Newsletter for up-to-date information.