Thursday, August 5, 2010

NEWS RELEASE -- Class of ¹10 to End with Summer Commencement

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, August 5, 2010


Ceremony Includes Students from Throughout District

SAN DIEGO -- High school seniors who hadn¹t fulfilled graduation
requirements in time for June ceremonies with their high school class will
take the graduation walk at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Kearny High School in San
Diego Unified's annual Summer Commencement Ceremony.

³Many of these students -- and their families -- thought they would never
have a chance to wear the cap and gown, have their name announced and take
part in this tradition," said Superintendent Bill Kowba, who will be the
speaker at the ceremony. "This shows the great dedication and perseverance
on the part of these young men and women."

Students from all of the district¹s 18 high school campuses will
participate. Each student¹s name, as in the traditional ceremony, is read
aloud, and students wear the caps and gowns in their school's traditional
colors. The ceremony will be in Kearny's auditorium, 7651 Wellington St.

Seniors who participated 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.

This is the fifth year that the district has held the special summer
ceremony. Before this late-summer ceremony was established, 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.

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