DISD to hold three graduations today

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Fred Moore High School graduates check out their diplomas as they sit back down at the commencement ceremony Wednesday at the University of North Texas Gateway Center in Denton.

More than 1,300 students will receive diplomas from Denton’s three comprehensive high schools today.

Graduation ceremonies kick off at 11 a.m. with Guyer High School, followed by Ryan High at 2:30 p.m. and Denton High at 6 p.m.

All three ceremonies will take place at the University of North Texas Coliseum. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, according to district officials, and family and friends can reserve graduation DVDs or Blu-ray discs before and after each ceremony.

On Wedneday, 26 diplomas were distributed to students from Fred Moore High School, the district’s alternative campus, which offers students a self-paced curriculum and flexibility.

Combined, the members of Denton’s 2013 graduating class have accumulated more than $14 million in scholarships, said Sharon Cox, district spokeswoman. Eighty percent of the graduating seniors have indicated that they will attend four-year colleges and universities, she said.

“These graduates from our four high schools will be representing Denton ISD and their high school at universities throughout the nation,” Cox said. “This is just an outstanding group of graduates, and they will represent their school and the district well.”

Of the three comprehensive high schools, Guyer High has the largest senior class with 467 graduates. Among those seniors are 10 valedictorians and one salutatorian.

A class of 443 students will complete high school at Ryan High. The class includes nine valedictorians and one salutatorian.

Denton High will confer diplomas on 432 students today. Cox said Denton High has its largest graduating International Baccalaureate class, with nearly 30 students earning diplomas in the program. The senior class also includes five valedictorians and one salutatorian.

Cox said it’s estimated that each graduation ceremony will last a little more than an hour.

Doors at the coliseum will open to attendees about an hour in advance of the first ceremony, she said.

Cox said the district is working closely with UNT officials to minimize traffic problems and ensure there’s enough time for those arriving and leaving graduation to get in and out of parking lots between ceremonies. For a commencement traffic flow map, visit http://bit.ly/11knU6B.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 or via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.


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