Friday, June 14, 2013

Congratulations to the Class of 2013

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The graduation walk was taken by 6,403 San Diegans this week, completing their high school careers as San Diego Unified School District campuses held their 2013 commencement exercises.
Cheering them on were thousands of family members and friends, as graduation venues -- ranging from high school stadiums to the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University -- were in many cases packed to capacity.

"It's tough enough to make it through high school, but the Class of 2013 faced a great number of challenges during the Great Recession," said Superintendent Bill Kowba. "That they persevered and are now entering society as a high school graduate is a tribute to their collective dedication and goals."

The Class of 2013 graduates at a time of transition in education. As recently as five years ago, classrooms had white boards and students primarily used books, paper and pencil as their tools of learning. Today, despite funding problems and thanks to bonds approved by San Diego voters, a majority of the students were in classrooms with "smart boards" tied into the teachers' computers, tablet computers and more up-to-date technology.

Some graduates are heading out of San Diego to prestigious colleges and universities around the nation -- including Harvard, Yale and Stanford -- while others will stay right here in San Diego at San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the other local four-year institutions. Students are also headed to community colleges, trade schools and directly to the workforce, confident that they'll always be a high school graduate.