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Congratulations to the Class of 2016

Almost 1,200 members of the Dublin City Schools class of 2016 will participate in commencement ceremonies on Saturday in the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. It will be a great honor to share in this special day with our students and parents. 
 

High School graduation is one of the most important days in the lives of students and parents. As educators, when we see students moving on to higher education, employment, or the military, it provides us with a tremendous feeling of pride and represents the culmination of many years of hard work. For parents and students, it is a time for reflection on what they’ve accomplished in Dublin City Schools, and most excitingly, a time to look forward toward the future.
 
I cannot even attempt to list all of the accomplishments of the class of 2016 in one newspaper column, but I’d like to share a few of the highlights. The class of 2016 set a school record with 32 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, the most of any district in Ohio. 

The class of 2016 features 285 students who will graduate at the top of their class with a cumulative GPA of 4.1 or above. 
 

Three hundred fifty-five seniors will graduate Summa Cum Laude (4.0 and above), 201 students will graduate Magna Cum Laude (3.75 to 3.99), and 158 have earned Cum Laude (3.5 to 3.749) honors. More than 470 students will graduate with an Honors Diploma, which is truly a remarkable number.
 

The members of this class have been some of our most exceptional to date when it comes to challenging themselves with some of the most rigorous courses our district has to offer. The class' enrollment in the district's Advanced Placement courses has continued to evolve during their academic careers. This senior class has had the opportunity to participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, experiencing a wide variety of challenging coursework combined with community service components. This international credential continues to be an important factor in the college admissions process. Thirty-four of our students are graduating with an IB Honors Diploma. More than 85% of the class of 2016 has taken at least one Advanced Placement or IB class during their high school academic careers. 
The class of 2016 has seen a lot of success outside the classroom as well. This year's graduating class has been involved in some of the best band and choir performances in Ohio and superior ratings at music competitions have been regular occurrences. At my senior citizens council meetings, we always talk about the quality of our music and theater departments. Theater students and staff produced dramas, comedies, and musicals which have been enjoyed by thousands of people during the past four years. In the visual arts, students have produced an extraordinarily wide array of art work earning them many state and national awards.

Athletically, this year's graduates have earned Ohio Capital Conference championships in a wide variety of sports during their careers. District, Regional and State championships have been won on the courses, courts, fields, rinks, and in the pools.


 
Community service has been a constant theme for the class of 2016. This past school year, students collected thousands of dollars, toys, blankets, food, and other items for worthy causes all over Central Ohio.The senior members of my Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee were integral in planning the district-wide dodgeball fund-raiser in April. The event raised more than $15,500, putting the total well over $110,000 for the history of the tournament. I will miss them all next year.
 
Dublin City Schools' interest in the success of our students does not end with graduation. In two years, and again in five years, we will survey the class of 2016. We want to know if they felt prepared for college coursework, if they finished college, and what types of professions they entered after school. 
 

As educators, it is extremely gratifying each year when another class of our young people moves on to the next step in life. The class of 2016 is representative of why we do what we do, and representative of what we term the Dublin Difference. 
 
I am very proud of the cultures of each of our three high schools. 
 
These seniors have helped create an environment in which it is cool to take challenging courses, it is cool to be respectful toward staff, and it is cool to treat one another with dignity and kindness.
 
Congratulations to the students and parents of the graduating class of 2016.
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Dublin, Ohio 43017
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Dublin, Ohio 43017

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