AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A “Maine Diploma” that can be awarded in special circumstances has been presented for the first time.
State officials Thursday presented the Department of Education high school diploma to Chelsea Edgar of Whitefield, who wore a cap and gown to a ceremony at the Blaine House. Chelsea’ s family and friends attended.
A law passed last year allows the department to issue a diploma to students whose education was disrupted due to such things as hospitalization, homelessness and incarceration. To get the diploma, students must meet Maine Learning Results standards but not necessarily the graduation requirements of their local school system.
In Chelsea’ s case, she had an anxiety disorder that affected her health and caused her to miss too many school days.
She now plans to enroll at Kennebec Valley Community College in the fall.