World War II veterans may request honorary diplomas As a result of action taken by the South Dakota Legislature earlier this year, any veteran of the U.S. armed forces who served in World War II may request and receive an honorary high school diploma.
The law, Senate Bill 181, which took effect July 1, allows any honorably discharged veteran who served in the U.S. armed forces during the period from Dec. 7, 1945 to Sept. 2, 1945, to request and receive an honorary high school diploma from any South Dakota school district.
The veteran who wishes to receive a diploma must make the request. The law does not allow schools to award honorary diplomas to deceased veterans.
While it is anticipated that most requests will be made to a school district where the veteran grew up or currently resides, there are no residency requirements or restrictions.
Veterans interested in obtaining a Vermillion High School honorary diploma may request an application from the Vermillion Public School's administrative services office, 17 Prospect Street, Vermillion, 57059, phone 605-677-7000.