Thursday, August 5, 2010

Class of '10 Comes to End with Summer Commencement

Ceremony Includes Students from Throughout District

High school seniors who hadn’t fulfilled graduation requirements in time for June ceremonies with their high school class will take the graduation walk at 2:30 p.m. Friday, August 6, at Lincoln High School in San Diego Unified's annual Summer Commencement Ceremony.

“Many 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 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 colors. The ceremony will be in Lincoln's auditorium, 4777 Imperial Ave. (92113).

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 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.