Early Graduation

Published: 5/22/2017 10:51 AM


What is Early Graduation?

The Early Graduation regulation is a result of Senate Bill 61 (2013) and is a companion to Senate Bill 97 (2013). To summarize the regulation, beginning in 2014-2015, Early Graduation will be possible for students who intend to progress through high school on an accelerated timeline and graduate college ready in three years or less of high school or age 18.


Early Graduation is a deliberate pathway for students that wish to move on when ready, receive a diploma from the district and be eligible for acceptance into Kentucky public universities and non-profit independent colleges and universities. The regulation provides a financial scholarship, known as the Early Graduation Certificate, to support this action.​

For guidance and information please see the links in the blue box to the right.

Important Notices

  • All early graduates must be flagged by October 1st of the academic year in which the student declares intent to graduate early. There are no exceptions to this deadline which is mandated by legislation.
  • All early graduation students must pass ACT CPE benchmarksOther "readiness exams" will not be accepted.
  • All incoming Early Graduates will need to take the online "student success survey"- This survey will be used to further refine and collaborate with schools and districts about supporting this legislation through trainings and/or communication.  The survey link is found on the Revised Intent Form.
  • Students and their parents should obtain college pre-admission requirements before meeting with counselors at the high school- Schools and districts are encouraged to meet with every potential student after the student and their parents meet with a college admissions counselor who will outline the pre-admissions requirements.
  • ​​​District decisions such as class rankings, commencement speakers, picture placement in the yearbook and privileges such as senior parking are decisions to be made when students apply for Early Graduation by school and district personnel and then communicated to EG students and parents. The regulation outlines the criteria for and method of establishing Early Graduation in school, but does not establish parameters around other such decisions.
  • KDE and KHEAA work jointly to identify and verify Early Graduation students. Schools may receive emails and requests for information about Early Graduation directly from KHEAA.
  • Danny Prather is KHEAA’s Early Graduation Scholarship Program Coordinator.  You may contact Danny with questions at danprather@kheaa.com or (502) 696-7399.
  • Please note that students entering Early Graduation are not required to complete the graduation criteria PRIOR to entry. Students enter the pathway and accomplish the four EOC’s and the ACT - WHILE IN the program. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Leann Pickerill
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Learning Services
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
Fax (502) 564-6470