By Donna Summerall
For the first time since 2010, West Point High School held a summer graduation ceremony Thursday to recognize seniors who had not completed all requirements by May graduation, but were successful in completing the necessary work during summer school. In all, nine WPHS students participated in the summer commencement ceremony. Fourteen graduated overall.
“Having these students graduate is so very important,” WPHS Principal Jermaine Taylor said. “We want to provide our students with everything they needed to finish high school.”
Taylor said most of the students still needed one more credit for graduation or took the state tests in May and have only now found out they received a grade of proficient or above. He said the summer school program allowed the students who need one or more credits the opportunity to take the classes and still be considered a part of the graduating class of 2014. Taylor said if a summer graduation is needed in the future, it will be implemented to help the students attain the goal of receiving a diploma.
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