DATE: May 29, 2019
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
More Than 1,000 Albemarle County Seniors Are Graduating This Year With Nearly Two-Thirds Receiving Advanced Studies Diplomas; CATEC Students Earn Nearly 2,000 College Credits
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – The first of more than 1,000 seniors in Albemarle County Public Schools will graduate tomorrow evening when Murray High School opens graduation ceremonies for the division’s four high schools. Murray’s graduation of 29 seniors begins at 6 tomorrow night at Burley Middle School. Also this week, some 265 Western Albemarle High School seniors will receive their diplomas at exercises on Friday night on the school’s athletic field, beginning at 8.
Next week, both Albemarle and Monticello high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena. Albemarle will present diplomas to 456 seniors on Tuesday, June 4, and Monticello is expecting a graduating class of 291 students the next evening, Wednesday, June 5. Both events begin at 7 p.m.
All four graduations will be video live-streamed. Links to view each ceremony are published on our 2019 Graduation Live Streaming web page at http://streaming.k12albemarle.org/ACPS/graduation.htm.
In all, the division’s 2019 graduating class is expected to include 1,041 students with 64 percent, or 670 graduates, receiving an Advanced Studies Diploma. The division’s current on-time graduation rate of 92.7 percent exceeds state and national averages and has surpassed Virginia’s rate for every one of the 11 years since the on-time measurement was established. The rate generally refers to students who graduate within four years of entering ninth grade. On-time graduation rates for all school divisions in Virginia are not finalized by the state department of education until the fall.
The statewide average for students who graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, which signifies the most rigorous academic course standards, is 52 percent. Albemarle’s preliminary number this year of 64 percent is a slight increase from 63 percent a year ago.
This also is the second year that high school diplomas will carry designations for academic achievement. Students who earn an unweighted grade point average of 3.8 or higher will graduate
summa cum laude; students whose unweighted grade point average is between 3.5 and 3.7 will graduate
magna cum laude; and students whose unweighted grade point average is between 3.0 and 3.4 will graduate
Also, last week the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) held their annual Completer Ceremony honoring 186 students. Among the notable accomplishments were the 1,825 college credits earned by 161 students and the 130 students who earned the Virginia Workforce Readiness credential.