DATE: March 30, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

Diploma Seal Ordering Process and Diploma Seal Requirements

The purpose of this memo is to transmit the process for ordering diploma seals and to provide the requirements for each Board-established diploma seal.  Orders for diploma seals needed for spring and summer 2018 graduation must be placed no later than May 1, 2018 using the attached form.

According to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (Standards of Accreditation) at 8VAC20-131-50: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. , students who meet the requirements for graduation and who demonstrate academic excellence may be eligible for one or more of the following diploma seals:

For additional information regarding the other diploma seals referenced here, please see:

Local school boards determine the design and use of other seals or awards for exceptional academic, career and technical, citizenship, or other exemplary performance in accordance with local school board criteria. The Department of Education, through Bamboo Ink, can only make available the six seals listed above, as outlined in the Standards of Accreditation, and does not have access to any other seals used by local school boards.

Please note: School divisions should order only the seals needed for diplomas awarded during spring and summer 2018.  All orders must be placed directly with Bamboo Ink by May 1, 2018. Bamboo Ink will only accept orders from the central office of the school division; orders will not be accepted from individual schools. For the 2017-2018 school year, orders for diploma seals may be e-mailed on the attached form to:

Please direct additional questions about orders to Misty Kiser at Email link. .

For questions regarding a student’s eligibility for a specific Board-approved seal, please contact the Office of Policy at (804) 225-2092 or Email link. .



  1. Diploma Seal Request Form