Fort Bend ISD looks forward to honoring the accomplishments of our graduates each year, as this celebration culminates everything we do to develop students in accordance with the FBISD Profile of a Graduate. Following revisions to the District’s policy related to commencement exercises (Student Commencement Handbook), and beginning with the Class of 2021, FBISD will expand the opportunity for speaking roles at commencement ceremonies in order to highlight graduates who exhibit and exemplify the FBISD Profile of a Graduate.
Traditionally, FBISD assigned speaking roles to valedictorians, salutatorians and student body and senior class officers. However, given the District’s emphasis on the Profile of a Graduate and the development of students who are well-rounded, with a strong academic foundation, character and other attributes outlined in the profile, we recognize that the graduation exercises are an opportunity to highlight all of the ways our graduates personify these traits and bring them to life.
Beginning with the Class of 2021, seniors will have the opportunity to apply to address graduates and guests in speaking roles at their graduation ceremony, as long as they:
- Meet all the requirements to graduate and participate in commencement exercises;
- Have no discipline infractions that are associated with academic dishonesty or have resulted in ISS, OSS, or DAEP placement during the school year preceding graduation, and;
- Are a designated Honor Graduate (see EIC Local) or hold a position of leadership on campus.
Information about the application process will be shared by each campus principal in the Spring of 2021. A District screening committee will identify the top eight (8) scores from the written application process. The individuals with the top eight scores will move to the interview level, to be conducted by the campus selection committee. The campus selection committee includes the campus principal, associate or assistant principal, the lead counselor and other teaching staff. This selection process will include a formal written application, a review of the student’s service and leadership resume and letters of recommendation. The campus selection committee will use neutral criteria and a rubric to determine which students will have speaking roles during the commencement ceremony, and will announce the results no later than the fourth Monday in April preceding graduation.
Although the assignment of speaking roles may be changing, FBISD remains committed to recognizing and celebrating all of our graduates and their accomplishments. Valedictorians, salutatorians and student body and senior class officers will continue to be recognized during the ceremony, as well as all honor graduates.