What Is a High School Degree Called?

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After four years of study and effort, you're getting ready to finish high school and walk in your school's graduation ceremony. When you walk down the aisle, you'll be handed a piece of paper that confirms that you've completed the requirements and are ready to move on to the next phase of your life.

The piece of paper you receive once you've finished school is called a diploma. Although people often assume that a diploma and a degree mean the same thing, there are differences between the two.

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