Dear Team DPS,
We are at a time of transitions: graduations, continuations and moving from one grade to the next. We celebrate all of our students and their accomplishments. It has especially been a pleasure to cheer on the Class of 2019 at ceremonies across the city. The best part has been listening to the students share their reflections as they graduate:
Donegan Reynolds -- Noel Community Arts School
“You work so hard to get to this one part of your life and it’s a big moment. Your parents, family and friends are proud, and you get to walk across the stage with your best friends. I’m proud of a lot of stuff I did in this school, but mainly proud of the leader I’ve become. I wouldn’t have become this leader without my teachers who have pushed me.”
Jasmine Rodriguez -- Summit Academy
“I’m very excited; I’m the first to graduate high school in my family. It’s an experience! I think what I’m the most proud of is just getting through it. High school is not an easy stage!”
Daemond Law Daniels -- Prep Academy
“As I’m stepping out of childhood and entering into adulthood, it’s going to be exciting to see where I will end up in four years.”
Hasim Adams -- George Washington High School
"I'm feeling great. Magnificent. I just graduated!! It's been twelve long years. It symbolizes a new chapter. It's so much more than a diploma."Our students are graduating prepared for what's next for them, whether that’s college, military service or going into the workforce. This year’s graduating class has filled out a grand total of 14,408 college applications to date -- an average of three per student! Combined, our students have already been awarded an astonishing $91 million in scholarships, with more coming in! And almost 300 members of the Class of 2019 have completed CareerConnect internship experiences, with some students doing several.
Congratulations to all of this year's graduates, their families, and the educators, leaders, coaches, counselors and support staff who helped them every step of the way. Wherever life takes you next, know that you’ll always have a place in our hearts -- and in Team DPS.
SusanaPictured above: Class of 2019 graduates from Collegiate Prep Academy in Far Northeast Denver.