Union High seniors to graduate SundayPublished 3:30pm Wednesday, May 30, 2012
More than 100 seniors have walked the halls for the last time, and they will graduate from Dowagiac Union High School 2 p.m. Sunday.
The class of 2012, totaling 104 students, celebrated their future and high school accomplishments May 23 during the 54th annual Honors Program. According to Toni Pasternak, guidance secretary, the class earned more than $643,000 in scholarships to go toward college, employment and military careers. The senior class also boasted impressive grade point averages; 23 of the 104 graduating with high honors, 24 graduating with honors and 45 percent of the class maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher.
“It’s always exciting to see the kids celebrate the fruits of their labors over this chunk of time,” Assistant Principal Kelly Millin said.
Other achievements include a total of 759 college credit hours earned through Southwestern Michigan College. More than 40 percent of the senior class took advantage of the SMC programs, saving a total of $104,172 in college tuition costs.
Millin said that, although plans change, all of the Union High School graduates have definitive paths after graduation.
“That’s our goal,” Millin said. “It’s good planning on the students’ part, but it also is good planning from the guidance here at the school and the parents.”
Four of the 104 seniors graduating will go into the military; something Millin said makes not only her, but also the community, proud.
“It’s wonderful that they can go onto serve and give back to our community and our country,” Millin said.
The Union High School commencement ceremony will be held outside at 2 p.m. Sunday on the Chris Taylor Football Field. If weather becomes a factor, the ceremony will be held inside the gymnasium.