graduation

Upstate New York's plethora of colleges and universities means that this month, thousands of students are graduating, reflecting on their time in college in the region and then moving on to the next phase of their lives. One outstanding graduating senior, Cornell University's Kyle Dake, who was just named Sports Illustrated's male College Athlete of the Year.

 

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New York state's overall high school graduation rate continues to rise slowly over time. But one-quarter of students statewide don’t graduate high school after four years. These statistics are according to the New York State Education Department’s release of high school graduation rates for 2011.

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The gowns may be blue, and Syracuse University's color may be orange, but commencement at the Carrier Dome this weekend will definitely have a green feel to it.  Commencement gowns are the latest environmental initiative on graduation day.

A little over 100 days ago, Sharon Contreras began her appointment as the superintendent of the Syracuse City School District.  She inherited deep challenges--low test scores and graduation rates, and an austere budget climate.  Following her "first 100 days" period of listening and assessment, she is issuing a strategic plan to improve the city's educational system.