Mississippi Diploma and Endorsement Options Communication Tools

The Mississippi Department of Education has developed tools for district and school leaders to help communicate with parents and students about the Mississippi Diploma and Endorsement Options. These resources can be modified and personalized to meet individual needs. We encourage you to share these materials on your website, via social media or through the other channels your district uses to communicate with parents and students. The tools are available at the links below and on the MDE website: mdek12.org/OCGR/diploma

Key Messages:

  • All 9th graders choose whether they want to work toward a Traditional Diploma, or take additional classes to earn an academic, distinguished academic or career and technical education endorsement.
  • Each diploma option will prepare students to be successful after graduation, whether that be in the workforce, the military, a career and technical training program or college.
  • Beginning with the class of 2022, students who earn an academic or distinguished academic diploma endorsement from a public high school will automatically qualify for admission into any of the state’s public universities.

Communication Toolkit Materials:

Brief Videos About Traditional Diploma and Each Endorsement Option:


District Information