Commencement exercises for the Pittsburgh Public Schools Class of 2012 are scheduled for Friday June 8, and Saturday, June 9, 2012. This is the 100th class of students to graduate from the Pittsburgh Public Schools. To celebrate this milestone the District was able to bring back former graduates, who are also members of the first four-year graduating class of Promise Scholars, to speak at each of the commencement ceremonies.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools Class of 2012 is the first to be eligible to receive a $40,000 scholarship for post-secondary education from the Pittsburgh Promise. To date, 3,200 students have attended college and the community has invested $25 million in support by removing the financial barriers to continue their education beyond high school.
The Pittsburgh Promise will host the largest ever graduation celebration in Pittsburgh with four big events over a two-week period, May 31 through June 15. Graduates, celebrity entertainers, students, parents, community leaders and public officials, and the public will gather to ‘Celebrate Pittsburgh’s Promise’. Graduation ceremonies for the 10 high schools are scheduled for the Peterson Event Center and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9th. A list of the locations, time and dates is below.
Weekend Marks Final Commencement Ceremonies for two High Schools
This weekend will also mark the final graduation ceremonies for Pittsburgh Langley High School and Pittsburgh Oliver High School. In November the Board approved the closure of the two schools as part of the District’s Realignment Plan. The District Realignment Plan addresses the District’s under-enrolled classrooms that result in unnecessary costs to taxpayers, through School Closings, Feeder Pattern Changes, and Adjustments to the Educational Delivery Model. Due to school closings, for the start of the 2012-13 school, Pittsburgh Langley students will be transitioning to Pittsburgh Brashear High School, and Pittsburgh Oliver students will transition to Pittsburgh Perry. Ongoing efforts are taking place to collect input, share expertise and facilitate the upcoming transition in support of students and staff.
Pittsburgh Langley’s graduating class theme is “We do not fear the future, for we are the future!” This ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 3 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors. Diploma presenters include Superintendent Linda S. Lane, as well as board member Floyd McCrea.
Pittsburgh Oliver High School’s commencement exercises are scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 12:30 p.m., at Soldiers and Sailors. Diploma presenters include Superintendent Linda S. Lane, as well as board members Floyd McCrea, Christiana Otuwa, and Mark Brentley. Oliver’s theme is “We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories.” Jesse Jackson (more…)