Summer school graduation is different than traditional high school graduations.
There are 27 graduates, with 23 walking in the ceremony on July 26 at Westlake High School. The robes are not uniform; they create a rainbow with each senior wearing their school’s colors. There’s St. Charles green, Westlake teal and North Point red; navy for La Plata, purple for Maurice J. McDonough and blue for Thomas Stone and Henry E. Lackey high schools.
Teens who didn’t know each other 30 days ago when summer school started June 26, help each other straighten their mortarboards, discuss post-graduate plans and chat like old friends.
Guest speaker Marvin Jones, executive director of schools, said the graduates showed fortitude in earning their high school diplomas. “You had opportunities to give up and you didn’t. You pressed on,” he said. “As great as this accomplishment is, it’s only the beginning.”
Members of the Class of 2017 who earned their diplomas in summer school include:
Henry E. Lackey High School
La Plata High School
Maurice J. McDonough High School
North Point High School
St. Charles High School
Thomas Stone High School
Westlake High School
William Leake III
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Marvin L. Jones, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.