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					What Is A Diploma?

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Summary:
A diploma is a piece of paper which shows proof or certification that a
person has finished or graduated from a degree offered by a government
recognized educational institution. The details found in a diploma are
printed on a letter size parchment paper, a translucent-type of paper
usually off-white in color. On the paper, the information printed
includes the name of the institution, the name of the graduate, the
written pledge, date awarded, and signatures of the authorized...


Keywords:
Education, Online Education, Home Study, Diploma


Article Body:
A diploma is a piece of paper which shows proof or certification that a
person has finished or graduated from a degree offered by a government
recognized educational institution. The details found in a diploma are
printed on a letter size parchment paper, a translucent-type of paper
usually off-white in color. On the paper, the information printed
includes the name of the institution, the name of the graduate, the
written pledge, date awarded, and signatures of the authorized school
representatives usually the principal or dean.

Any studying students who are willingly eager to finish their school can
acquire a diploma. Students from different levels like pre-school,
elementary, secondary, tertiary, and graduate studies can have this
diploma. As long as they are able to finish the required number of units
and other essential requirements, they will be eligible for the awarding
of this certification.

Acquiring a diploma takes time to be awarded to a student. It will take
years before you can acquire the proof of your education. One has to
enroll first to a level in which a person is eligible for enrolment.
Then, he or she has to pass all the courses. Course rating does not
really matter as long as he or she gets the minimum passing mark. When
everything has been completed, the student will just wait for the
scheduled graduation ceremonies. This event will award all the graduates
the diploma and guarantee that they have completed the course.

Each level has different criteria on how a diploma can be issued to a
student.

For Pre-school, the average students’ age range normally from 3-6 year
old toddlers. If the parents think their child is capable of going to
school, then they can enroll him or her. Usually, this takes 3 years to
complete for a normal enrollee. A student has to finish pre-school level,
kindergarten level and preparatory level. After the last level, a diploma
will be awarded. This is usually a requirement when entering the
elementary level.

For elementary level, the average students’ age range normally from 6-13
years old. Usually a pre-school diploma is a pre-requisite but not most
of the time. As long as the student can pass the entrance exam, he or she
is eligible as elementary student. Elementary level takes six or seven
years to finish. For every level, almost the same subjects are taken for
each level but the topics are getting more advanced. Some subjects are
added from a lower to a higher level. When the person meets all
requirements, he or she obtains an elementary diploma.

For secondary level, the average students’ age range normally from 12-17
years. This is commonly a four-year course, which offers a more advance
knowledge than elementary level. A student must be a graduate from
elementary level to be accepted in this level. More subjects are offered
and classes almost occur the whole day. A graduate of this level will be
granted with a high-school diploma.

For tertiary level, the average student’s age start from 16 years old and
above. Any person with high-school diploma is eligible for a tertiary
education. A student must choose which field he or she wants to pursue.
Offered degrees may vary in duration depending on the number of units
required. The entire curriculum may take 3-5 years to complete. A student
who graduates from tertiary level will receive a diploma stating that he
or she finishes the chosen field of study. Tertiary diploma serves as
passport for employment or for the next level of studies.

For graduate studies, age does not matter as long as the student has a
tertiary diploma. Students from this level take a master’s degree,
doctorate degree or law. It usually takes another 2 years to complete a
course. But for doctorate degree, the duration takes another 4 years or
so depending on the specialty he or she is pursuing.

Diploma is important because it serves as pre-requisite from one level to
another. It also becomes a passport to one’s chosen career in the future.
Lastly, it guarantees a person that he has undergone years of training
and education to become a better person of the society where he belongs.

				
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