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Frequently Asked Questions: US Award and Diploma Policies

Frequently Asked Questions: US Award and Diploma Policies
  • Will this new policy impact those that completed their exams in August 2019?

    It will not. Those who completed exams in-person or online by August 31, 2019 will still be eligible for Awards and Graduation consideration for the 2018-19 academic year. Note that all winners and graduates will be informed no later than the week of September 30, 2019.

  • What is the new timeframe in order to be considered for awards and diplomas moving forward?

    For academic year 2019-20, the new timeframe in order to be considered for awards and diplomas is September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Exams taken in-person or online after June 30, 2020 until June 30, 2021 will be considered for the following academic year.

  • Will State awards continue to be offered after this year?

    Yes, State Certificates of Excellence, which recognize the top mark (by level and by discipline) in the state will continue to be awarded.

  • Will Center awards continue to be offered after this year?

    After academic year 2018-19, Center Certificates of Excellence will no longer be offered. Winners for academic year 2018-19 will be informed no later than week of September 30, 2019.

  • What are the disciplines for the awards being offered?

    They are: Accordion/Organ/Harpsichord, Brass, Guitar, Harp, Pedagogy/Teacher, Percussion, Piano, Speech Arts & Drama, Strings, Theory (co-requisite ARCT level only), Voice, and Woodwinds.

  • What are the regions for which US Regional Gold Medals will be awarded?

    West: California, Hawaii
    Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
    North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
    Southwest: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

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