Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NEWS RELEASE -- Summer Commencement Brings Class of ¹09 to End

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, July 28, 2009

Summer Commencement Brings Class of ¹09 to End

Students from Throughout District Participate in Ceremony

SAN DIEGO ­ The Summer Commencement Ceremony, for high school seniors who
hadn¹t fulfilled graduation requirements in time for June ceremonies with
their high school class, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 31, at
Lincoln High School, 4777 Imperial Avenue (92113).

³We¹re celebrating these students, who have in many cases overcome a great
deal of adversity to receive their high school diploma,² said Superintendent
Terry Grier. ³They know this is their last chance to put on a cap and gown
and walk as a member of the class of 2009.²

Nearly 200 students from all of the district¹s 18 high school campuses will
be participating. Many friends and family members will be in attendance.
Each high school¹s principal or a representative will read the student¹s
name, as in the traditional ceremony.

Seniors participating are those who may not have passed the California High
School Exit Exam in time for June graduation, or needed summer school to
pick up credits needed to graduate.

Supt. Grier will be speaking to the students just before the traditional
march to receive their hard-earned diplomas. This is the fourth year that
the district has held the special summer ceremony. In previous years,
students would eventually receive a diploma but wouldn¹t be able to
participate in a graduation ceremony.

High school graduation requirements include 44 semester credits, a 2.0 or
higher grade point average, science and math course requirements, completing
a senior portfolio and passing the exit exam.

The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at Lincoln High. Family and friends are
invited to attend; no tickets are required.

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Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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