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Commitment to Graduate

Cierra Rodriguez and Destinie Bagley

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A week after picking up their caps and gowns, seniors will be parading through elementary and primary schools as part of Commitment to Graduation, C2G, a way to introduce younger students to the excitement of their education beyond high school.

“Seniors should know they are role models for younger kids that look up to them which makes the kids wanting to do the same thing which is to graduate and walk the stage, too,” said Vicki Evans, GearUp Coordinator.

This Thursday, Lufkin is having its second annual parade of seniors going through the 11 schools and should last throughout the morning.

“We have 150 seniors doing C2G,” said Julie Mcmanus, Director of Counseling.

Evans said the seniors will be transported by four buses, and will each carrying a sign of what colleges they will be attending.

Seniors will be passing by a different generation of kids that will be viewing them and remembering the parade throughout their education years.

“I am excited to see the little kid’s smiles because we are going to walk by them,” senior Breasha Watts said. “It is crazy because I remember being in their grade.”

This program is sponsored by Jostens and began at Heritage High School in 2010 and is based on a doctoral research. Jostens is in the graduation business, selling class rings, caps and gowns, announcements and other memorabilia that goes with high school graduation.

“I wanted C2G this year to be in the same week of College Week,” McManus said, “and the week after receiving the gowns from Balfour which came early for my request, so seniors can be more excited for the future.”

It’s coming down for seniors to realize it’s almost time to graduate and having college week and C2G should be one step closer to being finished.

The Commitment to Graduation (C2G) activity has been around for over 25 years and is performing in thousands of schools across North America. C2G is known to be an initiative to address the growing student dropout rate in America. It encourages students to strive for their high school diploma and set a goal for the next stage of life.

Each stop of the schools will be 15-20 minutes long and will be a half a day activity. Students will return for 3rd lunch, according to the applications seniors fill out to participate.

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