These adults are now graduates of Lincoln High School.
Families of the nearly 150 students who participated in San Diego Unified's annual Summer Commencement Ceremony, for high school seniors who hadn’t fulfilled graduation requirements in time for June ceremonies with their high school class, filled the Lincoln High School auditorium on August 3.
Students from all of the district’s high school campuses participed. Each student’s name, as in the traditional ceremony, was read aloud, and students wore the caps and gowns in their school's traditional colors. Seniors who participated are those who may not have passed the California High School Exit Exam in time for June graduation, or needed summer school to pick up credits needed to graduate.
The district has held this special graduation ceremony since 2005. Officiating was Dr. Patricia Crowder, Principal of Patrick Henry High School, with Dr. Sid Salazar, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services, delivered the commencement address. Richard Barrera, Board of Trustees member, accepted the class on behalf of the Board of Education.
Before the Summer Graduation ceremony was established, students would receive a diploma by mail but wouldn’t be able to participate in a graduation ceremony.
High school graduation requirements include 44 semester credits, a 2.0 or higher grade point average, science and math course requirements, completing a senior portfolio and passing the exit exam.