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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.
With less than 10 graduates, the Agave Class of 2015 is the smallest in the district. But their graduation ceremony was as joyful and emotional as any other in Tucson. The Agave ceremony took place in the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board room on May 21. The graduates were surrounded by their families, all proud of their student's accomplishments. Agave is an online instructional program that gives students access to a complete curriculum. Students work at their own pace toward deadlines, and have certified teachers who can help along the way as well as academic advisers. Eric Bush said the program encouraged him and helped him reach his goal. "I liked it a lot," he said. "I never gave up. They showed me an opportunity to succeed, and I really appreciate all their help." Eric plans to continue his education starting at Pima Community College. After the group turned their tassels and had their diplomas, they gathered with family for pictures and celebrations. The pride was evident—on the graduates faces as well as their parents, siblings and other supporters. Mission accomplished.