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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.
Rincon High Class of 2015 valedictorian, Leslie Edwards, wants her classmates to know that "today's not the end; it's the beginning." Edwards, whose sister was valedictorian at Rincon in 2012, will be a pre-med at Ohio State in the fall, where she plans to major in human nutrition. She says that she was inspired by her chemistry teacher Joseph Farmer, who always encouraged her and her classmates to be thinking about college as their next step. Towards the end of her speech, she asked students to "look to your left. Look to your right. You'll see nothing but smiles. Sheer bliss!" A college-ready culture is fostered at Rincon by Principal Catherine Comstock and Assistant Principal Steve Cota-Robles. While addressing the graduating class before the ceremony, Comstock took time to point out the graduation robes which she, Cota-Robles, and the faculty wore, familiarizing the students with the details of the robes and hoods which designate university, degree and major. "Most of you will be going on to college," she said, "and at your next graduation, you'll be wearing college gowns. We're very proud of you." During the graduation ceremony, Comstock reminded those assembled that "we're here tonight because of the hard work of a lot of people." She then asked parents, grandparents, teachers, and counselors to stand to receive applause for their contributions to the partnership of education. (Story continues below slide show...) The class of 2015 is special to Comstock and Cota-Robles who became principal and assistant principal just four years ago, the same time that these students entered the school as freshmen. This has been both Comstock and Cota-Robles' first high school administrator assignment. "Whenever you wear purple," Comstock told the students, in reference to the school colors, "think of us." TUSD Governing Board member Mike Hicks told students he was "extremely proud" of them. "What you've accomplished is phenomenal," Hicks said. During h