This week more than 1,600 students will graduate from Newport News Public Schools having completed a demanding course of study that ensures they are college, career and citizen-ready.
The Class of 2017 has earned over $41 million in awards and scholarships from universities, colleges and military institutions throughout the country. Nearly half of the graduates are earning an Advanced Studies Diploma, which requires an additional year of study in advance math, laboratory science and history/social science, and three years of study in a world language. Through innovative instruction and learning designed to build the skills, knowledge and expertise needed for 21st century success, the graduates of Newport News Public Schools are prepared for success.
Newport News students also earned over 2,600 career and technical industry certifications giving them access to advanced post-secondary opportunities, and high-skilled internships and careers. Through the Early College program, dual-enrollment initiatives, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and Honors courses, 70% of high school students were enrolled in rigorous coursework this school year. Newport News students have access to more Advanced Placement courses than any other school district or private school on the Peninsula.
2,065 high school students took 3,455 AP courses last year, with qualifying grades earning students important college credits. Students were also active in their school communities, with over 84% of all high school students participating in clubs, activities and sports, as part of the school division’s Youth Development initiative.
Five commencements are being held at the Hampton Coliseum. On Saturday, June 10, Denbigh High School’s ceremony takes place at 10 a.m.; Heritage High School’s commencement occurs at 2 p.m., followed by the ceremony for Menchville High School at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 11, the ceremony for Warwick High School is held at 2 p.m. and Woodside High School’s commencement takes place at 6 p.m. An Achievable Dream High School held its commencement on
Thursday, June 8, at the Ferguson Center on the campus of Christopher Newport University.
Tickets are required to attend commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies held at the Hampton Coliseum on Saturday June 10, and Sunday, June 11, will stream live on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Je7ZYD_QK4Q
Hundreds of NNPS seniors participate in Senior Walks
at various elementary schools during Senior
Week and encouraged the young students to perform well in school.