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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley is urging school officials across South Carolina to let seniors participate in graduation ceremonies if the only thing blocking their walk down the aisle is the state exit exam.

Haley noted in a letter Friday to district superintendents and school board members that a law she signed last month ends the three-decade-old requirement that high school students pass an exit exam to graduate.

The law specifies that it takes effect with the graduating class of 2015. But it allows former students who didn't graduate solely because of the exam to petition their school board to retroactively receive a diploma.

Haley says schools need to let current seniors affected by the change walk with their classmates, since the law allows them to receive their diploma later anyway.

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