Veterans Honorary High School Diplomas recognize the life experiences of honorably discharged veterans who were unable to complete their high school education because of service in the armed forces during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, pursuant to § 22.1-17.4 of the Code of Virginia.
Since the first honorary diplomas were issued in 2001, more than 2,000 have been awarded to veterans of the three wars.
To obtain an honorary diploma, a veteran may submit a statement to the Virginia Department of Education describing his or her service and affirming that he or she was unable to complete high school upon return to civilian life.
The guidelines also allow for the submission of information by family members and veterans' organizations. Please note, the Veterans Honorary High School Diploma honors veterans for their military service, and is not a designation of an individual completing Virginia graduation requirements.