Marlin High School in Texas has decided to postpone its graduation ceremony after only five out of thirty-three seniors in the traditional program met the requirements for a diploma.
The school district conducted an internal audit of attendance, grades, and credits, which revealed that additional students were missing credits. Efforts were made to help these students resolve their issues but ultimately, the district decided to delay the graduation ceremony until more than the initial 17 students can graduate.
According to the Texas Tribune, the vast majority of students in Marlin ISD are at-risk or economically disadvantaged. The district will be switching to four-day weeks next year in hopes of recruiting and retaining teachers.