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DIPLOMA. An instrument of writing, executed by, a corporation or society, certifying that a certain person therein named is entitled to a certain distinction therein mentioned.
     2. It is usually, granted by learned institutions to their members, or to persons who have studied in them.
     3. Proof of the seal of a medical institution and of the signatures of its officers thereto affixed, by comparison with the seal and signatures attached to a diploma received by the witness from the same institution, has been held to be competent evidence of the genuineness of the instrument, although the witness never saw the officers write their names. 25 Wend. R. 469.
     4. This word, which is also written duploma, in the civil law, signifies letters issued by a prince. They are so called, it is supposed, a duplicatis tabellis, to which Ovid is thought to allude, 1 Amor. 12, 2, 27, when he says, Tunc ego vos duplices rebus pro nomine sensi Sueton in Augustum, c. 26. Seals also were called Diplomata. Vicat ad verb.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"The Access to Higher Education Diploma supports the Welsh Government 'Tackling Poverty Agenda' by providing a route into new careers for people who were unable to fulfil their potential in school or didn't have the opportunity to go on to study due to personal circumstances.
"It was just an amazing experience, said the TyneMet College student, who is studying a Higher Education diploma to fulfil her dream of becoming a midwife.
Ms Esbai has more than 10 years' experience in teaching art and holds a higher education diploma, and a Master's degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Queen Margret University.
The 2020 strategy lays out an increase to 40% at least of the number of 30-34-year-olds holding a higher education diploma by the end of the decade (compared with 33.6% in 2010).
Three years of training leads to a higher education diploma and qualification as a registered nurse, combining theory with practical experience.
The candidate should be below the age of 25 years as of October 1, 2017 and must hold a general secondary certificate or Higher Education Diploma or should have completed Grade plus 2.
"In 2014-2015, over 2,000 adult learners in Wales enrolled on to an Agored Cymru access to higher education diploma.
The full-time Access to Higher Education Diploma starts every September and has residential and non-residential places available.
Participant agencies present the available educational opportunities for the academic year (2014/2015) for student obtaining Higher Education Diploma at governmental and private schools, as well as those who would like to continue their higher studies.
The awards celebrate the achievements of people who have overcome obstacles in order to succeed on the Access to Higher Education Diploma and proceed to higher education.
According to the source, the Commission is intent on rationalising its programmes in order to meet the Europe 2020' targets - ie reducing school drop-outs to under 10% and increasing to a minimum of 40% the population aged 30-34 holding a higher education diploma.
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