Thursday, May 26, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Continuing Education Celebrates Commencement for 1,000+ Local Adult Students








What:                   Commencement ceremony in Balboa Park/Spreckels Organ Pavilion to honor adult graduates from San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) and San Diego Unified School District’s     Adult Education Program


When:                 Friday, May 27, 2016


Where:                Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park


Onsite contact:  Ranessa Ashton, 619-733-0122


4:30 p.m.             Interview and photo opportunities as students primp at the glamour booth before lining up to walk across stage

5 p.m.                  Presentation of the colors and pledge of allegiance

5:15 p.m.             VIP Remarks:

·         Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., President, San Diego Continuing Education

·         Maria Nieto Senour, Ph.D., President, SDCCD Board of Trustees

·         Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor. SDCCD

·         Richard Barrera, Vice President San Diego Unified School District

·         Cindy Marten, Superintendent San Diego Unified School District 

·         Estefany Jacob, San Diego Continuing Education Student Speaker

·         Elyas Emami, San Diego Unified School District Student Speaker

6 p.m.                   Presentation of the Graduating Class

6:45 p.m.             Ceremonial turning of the tassels


The Numbers

·         1,000+ graduates honored; 300 to participate in the ceremony

·         188 High School Diplomas from SDCE, a 24% increase from 2015

·         4,850 certificates of completion for career technical education programs and English as a Second Language certificates from SDCE, a 28% increase from 2015

·         $24,000 in scholarships received by 66 students

·         189% increase in completion rates for SDCE’s Accelerated High School Diploma Program


About the Ceremony

The ceremony is a collaboration with the San Diego Unified School District Adult High School Diploma Program. The graduates are a collective group: many have, at some point, fallen through the cracks of the traditional education system and chose to re-enter classrooms and complete a High School Diploma or equivalency; some have completed specific job training skills as part of a certificate program and are eager to enter the workforce; and others have mastered English as their second language.


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