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Congratulations to Tucson Unified's Class of 2015
More than 2,800 members of Tucson Unified School District's Class of 2015 graduated this week in ceremonies at campuses all over the city. For those outside, a strong breeze meant holding onto caps tightly as they threatened to fly away—much like many balloons that went skyward Thursday night.
Members of the Class of 2015 are venturing out all over the nation for college, careers and military service. In all, these graduates were offered $87,259,653 in grants and scholarships.
While they may all be going in different directions, they will always have something in common: A high school diploma.
Dr. H.T. Sánchez, superintendent of Tucson Unified School District, told the crowd at Pueblo Magnet High School something that applies to all graduates.
"The great equalizer, the one thing that can't be taken away from you is your education. As long as you have your education you have your dignity," he said. "And when you have your education and your dignity there is nothing you can't accomplish."
The Tucson Unified Communications Team was present at all of the graduation ceremonies. We will be bringing you stories from each ceremony in the coming days. Here are a few to get us started.
It was hugs, smiles, selfies, balloons and babies at the Teenage Parent High School graduation. Young moms and dads who beat the odds received their diplomas and a fresh start for their families. Angela Perkins is a graduate of TAP high school’s class of 2015. She says being able to bring her baby to school allowed her to finish high school, and the teachers there helped her to be a good parent and role model for her daughter. She went on to say, “I learned that I can go far in life.” Mariana Estrella says, “I loved it, it really helped me out.” What made it special was being able to take her babies there when they were born, she said. Mariana plans to go to Pima and the University of Arizona for a business administration degree. 13 students graduated Wednesday, May 20th. KVOA News 4 Tucson featured the graduation (link: http://www.kvoa.com/story/29120838/teen-parents-graduate-high-school), following Sebastian and Danielle Youngblood who found out they were having a baby when they were juniors in high school. “I didn't know how to be a mom. I didn't know how to finish school,” Danielle Youngblood told News 4. “It just all came to me just to worry.” The Youngblood’s attended TAP and brought their baby boy, Jaydon, to the nursery. The couple are now graduates and want other students who find themselves in need to know about this special school. “It's very important,” Sebastian Youngblood told News 4. “There are a lot of teen parents out there that have lost all hope. And if they knew about the school, I think they'd have a better chance.” The school's principal, Anne Dudley, said most of her students come from poverty and are behind on credits. “TUSD really foots the bill for our program,” Dudley told News 4. “We have a lot of support from the governing board, which is amazing to me. Every year I thank them.” TAP will celebrate 50 years of serving pregnant and parenting students this October. They would like to hear from alumni, former em