May 8, 2012
Comprehensive high school graduations broadcast live on ASD-TV, Web
Thousands of students are completing what may be the biggest accomplishment in their lives -- graduating from high school.
"We are extremely proud that so many of our students have been recognized for their hard work and talent," said Mike Henry, executive director of High School Education. "We wish them luck in their lives as they move on to the next level, whether it be continuing their education, entering into the workforce, joining the military or another opportunity."
ASD's graduating class of 2012, made up of more than 2,800 seniors, has been offered more than $35 million in scholarships and awards from local and national universities, companies and organizations. Students likely received additional scholarship monies that were not reported to their respective schools.
At each high school, career resource advisors, counselors and other staff encourage and help students search and apply for college scholarships. Some students also earned monetary awards through academic competitions. The scholarships and awards offered to students range from small sums to help with purchasing college textbooks to tens of thousands of dollars for full-ride, multi-year scholarships to prestigious universities and military academy placements.
The district anticipates dozens more high school seniors will earn their diplomas following the completion of summer school courses in June.
"High school graduation is a major accomplishment and I wish each of these students well in their future endeavors," said Superintendent Carol Comeau. "Graduation represents the culmination of 13 years of hard work and dedication. We are very pleased to congratulate these fine young people as they begin the next chapter in their lives."
Graduation and completion ceremonies for various schools and programs began last week and will run through May 16.
Pomp and circumstance for the district's eight comprehensive high schools began yesterday. Those ceremonies will be available for viewing live on ASD-TV cable channel 14 and online through a link on the district's website. Archived copies of the graduations will be available for download within a few days of each ceremony. This opportunity is made possible through partnerships with UAA's Journalism and Public Communications Department and GCI. For ceremony dates and times and to watch graduations online, log on to www.asdk12.org/Parents/graduation.asp.