Join ASD in celebration of 3,100 graduates in the Class of 2016


May 6, 2016



Contact: Heidi Embley
ASD Communications Department
Phone: 907-742-4158


This month, ASD and the community is celebrating 3,100 students who are earning their high school diplomas.


“Graduation is an important time to reflect on what students have accomplished and to positively reinforce where they’re going,” said Superintendent Ed Graff. “As superintendent, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of our graduating seniors and I can say, without a doubt, we’ll be in good hands. These students will now be leaving our schools as the leaders we knew they would become. Their graduation is only a part of what they will accomplish.”


The public is welcome to attend or watch graduation ceremonies live from the Sullivan Arena via ASD’s live-stream at or on cable channel 14. The live-stream available on the district’s website is compatible with most mobile devices. The broadcasts also will be televised statewide on GCI cable channel 1. The live-broadcasts are available only for ceremonies held at the Sullivan Arena. Patrons of the ceremonies are not allowed to bring balloons due to allergy concerns.


For a complete list of all graduation and completion ceremonies, visit


Through the 90%x2020 collaborative partnership, the community is encouraged to display signs in their homes, business and on social media that celebrate the Class of 2016. Information on the grad blitz campaign is available online. Window posters were included in this Sunday’s edition of Alaska Dispatch News.


As part of Destination 2020, ASD’s strategic plan ASD, the district’s goal is to have 90 percent of students graduate high school. ASD’s current graduation rate is 80.2 percent, which reflects an increase of more than 20 percentage points in the past 10 years.  


Graduation rates graphic

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