712 District 186 high school graduates will be honored in ceremonies at the Bank of Springfield Center on Saturday, June 5. They have been offered over $26 million in scholarships.
About 59 percent are attending a two- or four-year college, 9 percent are entering the workforce, 2 percent are enlisting in the military, 5 percent are going to technical or trade school, and 25 percent are still deciding, have other plans, or have not shared their plans.
Additionally, 66 students from Lawrence Education Center will graduate and be honored in a ceremony on Friday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bank of Springfield Center. It will also be live streamed on the District 186 YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SPSchannel22
Lanphier High School (11 a.m.)
Number of graduates: 197
Post-graduation plans: 24 students attending four-year college, 41 students attending two-year college, 10 going to technical or trade school, 5 enlisting in the military, 30 entering the workforce, 87 are still deciding, have other plans, or have not shared their plans.
Springfield Southeast High School (2 p.m.)
Number of graduates: 225
Scholarships: $8.3 million
Post-graduation plans: 64 attending four-year college, 72 attending two-year college, 14 going to technical or trade school, 8 enlisting in the military, 31 entering the workforce, and 36 are still deciding, have other plans, or have not shared their plans
Springfield High School (5 p.m.)
Number of graduates: 290
Scholarships: $17 million
Post-graduation plans: 138 attending four-year college, 82 attending two-year college, 5 going to technical or trade school, 6 enlisting in the military, 4 entering the workforce, and 55 are still deciding, have other plans, or have not shared their plans
Lanphier, Southeast and Springfield ceremony details: Graduates have been assigned an allotted number of tickets in advance. No tickets will be available on the day of graduation. Each ceremony will be live streamed on the District 186 YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SPSchannel22.
Lawrence Education Center is presenting the following awards:
Key to Our Success – Established in 2010 to recognize individuals who exemplify the key to adult education success. This year’s recipient is Judith Johnson. Ms. Johnson supports the mission of adult education by advocating for the programs at LEC. She has attended most if not all the LEC graduations as a member of the Springfield Board of Education.
Victory in Education Scholarship – This scholarship is for graduating students who plan to enroll in college or trade school. Students apply for the scholarship by writing about future career goals and why they deserve this scholarship. The scholarship is worth $500 for books or tuition at an accredited college or trade school. This year the recipient is Rayneesha Hill. She plans to attend school to become a Registered Nurse.
Prepare Youth to Work Employed Student of the Year – Established to recognize a student who has shown growth in the world of work. This year the recipient is Escalade Williams.
He has participated and completed the PYTW program, which includes the Education to Careers Academy and Mastering Digital Literacy. Escalade used the information gained from the program to become an entrepreneur. He also completed the CNA program and is currently working in the healthcare field.