In 2002 the practice of honoring veterans who were called to service and were unable to graduate from high school was initiated in the State of Illinois. The law allows school districts to award diplomas to World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans who left high school to serve in the armed forces and were honorably discharged. The Altamont School District will be offering that opportunity to it’s former students at the upcoming spring 2016 graduation.
“I’ve lived here for eight years and one thing continues to stand out to me is the number of veterans that we have and the importance they have in our communities,” said Altamont Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch.
The District posted the following on it’s Facebook page:
“Altamont High School would like to reach out to our veterans in a very special way. If your education was interrupted by service in the Armed Forces and you did not receive your high school diploma, we would like you to contact Jerry Tkachuk at the high school. We will invite any veterans to whom this circumstance applies to attend Commencement this spring and receive the diploma which you earned but could not obtain.”