Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NEWS RELEASE -- Class of '11 to End with Summer Commencement

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, August 3, 2010

Ceremony Includes Students from Throughout District

SAN DIEGO -- High school seniors who hadn't fulfilled graduation
requirements in time for June ceremonies with their high school class will
take the graduation walk in San Diego Unified's annual Summer Commencement
Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. Friday, August 5, at Lincoln High School, 4777
Imperial Ave. (92111).

"I salute the great dedication and perseverance on the part of these young
men and women," said Supt. Bill Kowba. "Many of these students -- and
their families -- thought they would never have a chance to take part in
the tradition of wearing a cap and gown and having their name announced."

Students from all of the district's 18 high school campuses will
participate. Each student's name, as in the traditional ceremony, is read
aloud, and students wear the caps and gowns in their school's traditional

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 sixth year that the district has held the special summer
ceremony. Before this late-summer ceremony was established, students would
eventually receive a diploma but wouldn't 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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Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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