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Union Public Schools to offer digital diplomas, transcripts

Posted at 9:17 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 10:17:24-04

Union Public Schools officials say the district is the first in the United States to offer digital diplomas and transcripts using blockchain technology.

The digital diplomas will be offered beginning in May 2019 to graduating seniors. The digital switch will make it easier for students to share their paperwork with prospective colleges.

“Requesting an official transcript has never been the friendliest process regardless of the institution,” said Todd Borland, Executive Director of Technology at Union Public Schools. “Blockchain technology is going to empower our students to easily share an official transcript with requesting organizations, and there will be no question as to its authenticity. This is certainly one of the most compelling uses of blockchain that I have seen.”

Blockchain is a way of storing data securely in a distributed ledger.

Digital transcripts will be available beginning with ninth grade students and others.

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