Yuma sees increase in HS graduation rate

YUMA, Ariz. – Graduation is around the corner and many high school students are placing orders for caps and gowns.

The Arizona Department of Education statistics show there may be more graduates crossing the stage, if this year continues in the direction from previous years.

“Our graduation rates have been climbing. For the 2014 graduation rate which is the one most recently posted by the Arizona Department of Education. We are at 81.9 percent, that actually sits above 5 percent of the state average,” Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) Communications Director Matt Buckley said.

Five of Yuma’s comprehensive high schools also ranked the top 20 percent in Arizona for the number of students who go onto pursue higher education. Yuma Catholic High School Senior Exit Counselor Colleen Boone says many of her students go on to Ivy League Schools.

“We already have kids at Brown. We have them at Notre Dame. Actually I think one of our former seniors is graduating this year from Notre Dame,” said Boone.

As for the rise in students graduating, YUHSD attributes success rates to their program called Ready Now Yuma, a tool to prepare students for college. Graduation for most Yuma high schools will be May 27th at 8:00 p.m.

“The tickets and the seating is determined by each campus. So parents or families involved this year will just have to contact their school about specific information about seating and that sort of thing,” said Buckley.

After graduation, seniors look forward to a celebration at grad night.

“Grad night is a really special event that is held each year. After the graduation ceremonies it’s open to the graduating seniors. Hosted at Yuma Fun Factory at Yuma Waylon’s Water Park,” said Buckley.

For more information on grad night you can email yumagradnite@gmail.com.

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