Commencement ceremonies begin in May
Graduation ceremonies are now scheduled at 52 MPS schools and programs with high school grades. One of the first ceremonies is May 27, when Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School graduates its seniors at the U.S. Cellular Arena at 6:00 p.m. Most of the remaining commencements are in June.
Approximately 90 percent of the current grade 12 enrollment of 4,558 students is expected to receive high school diplomas by the end of the summer. Most schools have not yet recorded high school diploma dates for students for 2009-2010, as they wait for final exams to verify the credits earned.
Among the graduates will be Carlos Marroquin, Pulaski High School’s valedictorian. Marroquin plans to attend Marquette University with a concentration in business. “My main goal right now is to be the first person in my family to graduate college,” said Marroquin, who is 17. “I owe it to myself and my mom. This is why I have worked so hard during the past four years.” Myron Cain, Principal of Hamilton High School, offers a principal’s perspective. “I have a simple, straight-forward message for our graduating class. I tell them that we have done our best with you, now go out and do good things.” Hamilton is MPS’ largest high school. Its graduation is June 11, 7:00 p.m., at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
A list of graduation ceremonies begins below and continues on the following page. Most MPS schools with high school grades are represented.