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Volume 16, Number 4 - July 2008

Perspective

Stephen M. Curtis
Stephen M. Curtis

The end-of-year celebration of student achievement is perfectly aligned with our strategic focus on student success. At the close of every academic year, we can easily quantify that success through the awarding of degrees and certificates to our graduates. Our 42nd Commencement exercises recognized the accomplishment—and graduation—of more than 1,800 students in the Class of 2008.

However, in the weeks that have followed our principal graduation activity, there have been numerous other graduation ceremonies, smaller in nature, but all of which represent the many different paths that lead to our students’ amazing accomplishments.

The nursing pinning ceremony recognized the 120 nursing seniors who are now fully prepared to take their place as health care professionals serving the well-being of our entire city and region. Diagnostic Medical Imaging, Respiratory Technology, Dental Hygiene, and Clinical Laboratory Technology ceremonies further amplify the important contributions these graduates will also make.

Our Gateway to College program, which serves high school dropouts age 16–20, celebrated its first two associate’s degree graduates,despite the program’s relative newness. Gateway students enroll in high school courses intended to lead to attainment of the high school diploma and take college courses designed to accelerate progress towards postsecondary credentials. Our first-ever Gateway graduation highlighted the achievements of two students who now anticipate transferring to Temple University for their bachelor’s degree.

The Philadelphia School District joined with us in graduating 26 high school seniors in our third Advanced Tech at College
class. These students have spent their junior and senior high school years on our Main Campus, enrolled in both high school and college classes. The graduating seniors leave with a diploma in hand from their home high school and 25–38 college credits already completed. Fourteen of the 26 will attend Community College of Philadelphia in the fall, 11 will attend four-year colleges or universities and one will proudly serve in the Marines. This is a dynamic program with some of the highest levels of student success of any of the College’s programs or initiatives.

These remarkable pathways reflect the rich range of educational options that exist in our institution. Though there are multiple entry points and channels through which our students pass, their common meeting point is that moment when potential is aligned with accomplishment. Congratulations to the Class of 2008.


Stephen Curtis