No Plans, No Graduation Rite, Seniors Told. At eight San Fernando Valley high schools, students are only being allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies (walking across the stage) if they have committed to post-secondary education or training – college, trade school or the military. I’m all for post-high school training, but is it right to force it on them? There are always some kids who just aren’t ready to make that choice, and because education is only mandatory to the 12th grade, I think it’s wrong to deny them the chance to walk across the stage. That should be a given, whether you have plans in place for after high school or not, don’t you think?