High school graduates won't have to shell out any money for that cap and gown.

This was outlined in a memo from California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson in October.

In it, he cites Sands v. Morongo Unified School District which found that the high school graduation ceremony is "an integral part of the educational process" because it recognizes cumulative academic achievement.

That ruling handed down by the California Supreme Court. 

Therefore, Torlakson states in the memo that the graduation ceremony is an "educational activity" as to which a pupil fee cannot be charged.

That means no student in California is required to purchase the cap and gown to participate in the graduation ceremonies.

If a cap and gown is required then it must be provided by the district.

Read the memo from Tom Torlakson

Read the legal update