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Former CCSD students who completed credits are eligible to graduate

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Students who earned all of their credits to fulfill Nevada graduation requirements but did not pass one or more proficiency exams are now eligible to be considered a graduate. 

According to the Clark County School District, starting with the class of 2017, students in Nevada will no longer take the High School Proficiency Examinations in order to earn a diploma. 

Former CCSD student, David Thummel, says he would have graduated in 2008. He passed all his classes, but failed the proficiency exam several times.

"It's frustrating like when I tried to join the military after high school I couldn't because I didn't have a diploma, you can't get union jobs, you can't go to trade schools, you can't do a lot of things because you don't have a diploma," Thummel said.

Now the husband and father says he's looking forward to pursing new opportunities as and official high school graduate.

"People won't look at you unless you have your diploma so now it's a big weight off my shoulders knowing that I'll have a piece of paper that finally says I'm a high school graduate," Thummel said.

Due to the number of requests anticipated, the district will issue revised transcripts indicating graduation status from CCSD. The district said transcripts will not be issued through schools, instead, all requests will go through CCSD's Student Records Services for assessment and processing. 

The district anticipates it will take at least 90 to 120 days to provide revised transcripts because this will likely affect thousands of people who attended CCSD high schools since 1982. 

There will be no charge for the cost of the initial copy of the revised transcript, the district said. 

CCSD said once staff has reached a manageable level of processing transcript requests, the district will issue ceremonial diplomas. Since Friday, the records services department has received about 1.400 requests for updated transcripts. The department also fielded over 600 phone calls this week. 

To file a "Proficiency Exemption Request," visit transcripts.ccsd.net. If someone does not have internet access, a request can b made at Student Records Services at 4260 Eucalyptus Avenue, Building B. 

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