Veterans' Diplomas — CPS Honors Veterans Who Served Before Graduating

  • Cincinnati Public Schools will honor with diplomas veterans from World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War who were called to military service before graduating from high school.

    To be eligible, veterans must have served in any branch of the United States Armed Services between September 16, 1940, and the end of the Vietnam War. They must have been honorably discharged and have never received a high school diploma. The district is implementing the program through legislation adopted by the Ohio General Assembly.

    CPS presented its first group of diplomas on Dec. 17, 2001, in a ceremony at a CPS Board of Education meeting. (See photos.) 

    To receive a diploma from CPS, the veteran must be a resident of Hamilton County but need not have attended a Cincinnati Public school. Veterans are not required to take any tests to qualify for the diploma. The school district may present a diploma to a veteran posthumously.

    To begin the process, the veteran, or a relative, must go to the Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission, at Ninth and Sycamore streets downtown, to fill out an application for a veteran’s certification. Bring an original copy of the veteran's DD214 discharge document or other proof of service, so the commission can verify the veteran's service record.

    For processing, mail the completed application to Cincinnati Public Schools, Office of Communications and Engagement, P. O. Box 5381, Cincinnati, OH, 45201-5381.

    CPS will issue either a diploma from the Cincinnati high school the veteran attended or a general diploma from the Cincinnati Public School District for veterans who were not CPS students.




    • Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission, (513) 946-3300
    • CPS Office of Communications and Engagement, (513) 363-0020