Miller, Tana tmiller at mail.wtamu.edu
Thu Sep 11 14:03:23 CDT 2014

Here is what TEC 28.0251 says:

Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, a school district 
may issue a high school diploma to a person who:
		(1)  is an honorably discharged member of the armed 
forces of the United States;
		(2)  was scheduled to graduate from high school after 
1940 and before 1975;  and
		(3)  left high school before graduation to serve in 
World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.
	(b)  A school district may issue a diploma to a person 
otherwise eligible under Subsection (a) notwithstanding the fact 
that the person holds a high school equivalency certificate or is 
	(c)  The commissioner by rule shall adopt a form for a 
diploma application to be used by a veteran or a person acting on 
behalf of a deceased veteran under this section.  The commissioner 
shall specify acceptable evidence of eligibility for a diploma 
under this section.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 187, § 1, eff. May 19, 2001.  
Amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 540, § 1, eff. June 17, 

It sounds to me like the veteran has to go to their high school to initiate this and that it would be through the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency.  I searched their website and can't find any kind of form.  It doesn't sound to me like it authorizes the diploma for Iraq or Afghanistan veterans since that is more recent than 1975...

Tana J Miller
West Texas A&M University
WTAMU Box 60877
Canyon, TX  79016-0001
Main (806)651-4911
Fax (806)651-4949
tmiller at wtamu.edu

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From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Irene Robinson
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Who is granting/issuing the diploma - state of Texas or local HS?  I would think that either way, we would require an official document (transcript of some sort) depicting the legitimate diploma, just like we do for all other high school graduates.

I hadn't heard about this, but am going to read the code on it now.

Thanks for the 'heads up' Mike!!

Irene M. Robinson
Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Rd.
Alvin, TX 77511
V:  281.756.3501
F:  281.756.3834

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From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Mike Collins
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Just checking to see how other schools are handling this information?

Mike Collins
Coordinator, Veterans Affairs
Tyler Junior College
P.O. Box 9020
Tyler, TX  75711-9020
mcol at tjc.edu
1-800-687-5680 Ext 3750
Fax: 903-510-2161

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Subject: HS Diploma (UNCLASSIFIED)

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Texas Education Code 28.0251 authorizes Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans who have at least a sixth grade education a HS diploma as long as they attended school in the state of Texas.

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