Next week, 9,843 students are expected to graduate from Gwinnett County's 21 public high schools.
This year's graduating class, described as the largest ever in a Gwinnett County Public Schools press release, was also an accomplished one according to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.
“As a community, we can be proud of these students and what they have achieved during their academic careers," Wilbanks said in a released statement. "We are especially pleased with the number of Gwinnett graduates who earned their place among the country’s most prestigious academic ranks, including 10 National Merit Scholars (and there may be more), 15 National Achievement Scholars, and 26 Georgia Scholars. Full-tuition grants were awarded to 11 Gates Millennium Scholars and three Questbridge Scholars. Congratulations to these and all of the graduates in the Class of 2012!”
This year, Brookwood High School has the largest graduating class with 779 students. Peachtree Ridge graduates 757 and Mill Creek has 714 students graduating this year.
According to GCPS, 86 percent of graduating students plan to continue their education by attending college or postsecondary schools. This year's graduating class has been offered more than $101 million in scholarships with the majority -- $67.8 million -- awarded for academic achievement (not including HOPE or Gates Millennium Scholarships).
Student athletes earned more than $28.7 million in athletic scholarships, and 13 seniors earned more than $5 million in military academy appointment scholarships.
This year's graduating class also includes 2,050 honor graduates who will graduate with a grade percentage average of 90 or higher.
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Here are the graduation dates for Norcross area schools, including GAC:
- : Thursday, May 24, at noon in
- : Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. in
- : Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the school's Long Forum