Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Commencement Ceremony to recognize class of 2014 graduates

More than 100 district students who were unable to attend June graduation ceremonies with their high school class will get the chance to walk in San Diego Unified's annual Summer Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for Friday, August 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 4777 Imperial Ave. (92113).

Graduates "Our students have been working toward this goal their entire lives," said Superintendent Cindy Marten, who will officiate at the ceremony. "Truly, they've lived by our 'no excuses' rule and have made it through many challenges. They have earned the opportunity to take the ceremonial walk of graduates. I am so proud of their ability to persevere."

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 as they make their way across the stage in black caps and gowns.

The special summer ceremony has been a district tradition since 2005. Before this late-summer ceremony was established, students would eventually receive a diploma by mail but wouldn't be able to participate in a graduation ceremony. This ceremony allows seniors who needed additional time to complete the California High School Exit Exam or credit requirements needed for graduation to be recognized.

High school graduation requirements include 44 semester credits, a 2.0 or higher grade point average, science and math course requirements, and passing the exit exam.