The annual Summa Cum Laude Ceremony will consist of students who have demonstrated all of the following expectations throughout their high school career:
a 4.200 GPA or higher after 7 semesters
a minimum of 42 graded semester credits
demonstrates behavior that adheres to Brighton High School code of conduct as evidenced by no suspensions
demonstrates academic integrity as evidenced by no plagiarism incidents
Students who do not meet the above listed criteria may still earn the GPA distinction of Summa Cum Laude on their transcript and will receive graduation honors; however, they will not be allowed to participate in the Summa Cum Laude Ceremony or any recognition of students earning the privilege of the Summa Cum Laude Ceremony.
Should a student fail to meet these expectations at any point during his/her high school career, the student and/or his /her parent/guardian will be informed of the violation of policy.
The Valedictorian is the student or students with the highest cumulative GPA after 8 semesters. The Salutatorian is the student or students with the second highest GPA after 8 semesters. Normally, there is (1) Valedictorian and (1) Salutatorian. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian must have attended Brighton High School for their entire
Junior and Senior years and meet the qualifications listed above for participation in the Summa Cum Laude ceremony.
Valedictorian – The students with the highest weighted grade point average in the graduating class at the end of the second semester of the senior year shall be designated as valedictorian(s) for that graduating class.
Salutatorian – The student(s) with the next highest grade point average in the graduating class at the end of the eight semesters of the senior year shall be designated as salutatorian(s) for the graduating class