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Lafayette Parish School System 2015 Commencement Ceremonies in Review

On May 23, 2015, the Lafayette Parish School System held graduation ceremonies for its five traditional high schools at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Also, ceremonies for the Early College Academy were held on May 14, for David Thibodeaux STEM Magnet Academy on May 22, and for Adult Education on May 28th. In total, 1,853 students received high school diplomas this year, seventy students earned passing scores on the HiSET, the high school equivalency exam, and forty- eight earned skills certificates through the Exiting Pathways Program. 378 students graduated with specialized training from nine academies district wide, and LPSS students were offered a total of $23,076,385 in scholarships this year. We wish to celebrate the accomplishments of all Lafayette

Parish School System graduates as they enter the work force, join the armed forces, or begin post- secondary academic careers. We also wish to commend the faculty, staff, and administration of our high schools for providing such a rich variety of academic experiences and opportunities for Lafayette Parish students. Here are some of the highlights of the accomplishments of this year’s graduates broken down by school:

Acadiana High School

Of Acadiana High’s 328 graduates, thirty-four received specialized training through the Academy of Business. Graduates earned 302 credit hours through Dual Enrollment coursework. Thirty students earned additional college credit by passing CLEP exams, and 123 students graduated eligible for TOPS awards. Although the final results are not yet available, 102 AHS students attempted an Advanced Placement exam this May. Acadiana High graduates were offered $410,000 in scholarships. Eight graduates from Acadiana High will enter the armed services.

Carencro High School

Of their 212 high school graduates, twenty-three graduated from the Academy of Information Technology. Carencro High students earned 186 Dual Enrollment credit hours, and nine students earned additional college credits with passing scores on the CLEP exam. Sixty-five students graduated eligible for TOPS awards, and Carencro High School students were offered $3,046,397 in scholarships. Seven graduates from Carencro High will be entering the armed forces.
 


Early College Academy

Fifty of the Early College Academy’s fifty-one graduates earned an Associate’s Degree as well as a high school diploma. To put it another way, this translates into a total of 3,300 hours of Dual Enrollment college credit. Forty-five of ECA’s fifty graduates are eligible for TOPS awards, and $225,465 in scholarship offers have been made to the ECA class of 2015. Twenty-five graduates earned Academic Endorsements, indicating that these students accepted the challenge of a rigorous series of courses while maintaining their GPAs and earning at least a 23 on the ACT.


Lafayette High School


577 graduates participated in commencement ceremonies last Saturday. Seventy-five students graduated with specialized training from the Health Academy and ninety graduated from the Performing Arts Academy. Lafayette High students earned 436 hours of Dual Enrollment Credit, 174 credits through passing scores on CLEP tests, and over 600 credits through an estimated 202 passing scores on Advanced Placement exams. Lafayette High School was given the LSU Golden Achievement Award for college hours earned during spring testing, having earned 289 college credits through that program. 309 students graduated eligible for TOPS awards, and Lafayette High students were offered $15,500,000 in scholarships. Two students received appointments to West Point; four will join the Marines; two will join the Navy; three will join the Air Force; five will join the Army; seven will join the National Guard, and one student will join the Coast Guard.


Northside High School


Of their 175 graduates, eleven Northside High students graduated from the Law Academy. Northside High graduates also earned sixty-five hours of college credit through Dual Enrollment coursework and CLEP testing. Twenty-three graduates are eligible for TOPS awards, and this year’s class has been offered $620,000 in scholarships. Although the final results are not yet available, 128 NHS students attempted an AP exam this May. Five Northside High students will be entering the
armed services.




Comeaux High School

Forty-one of Comeaux High School’s 388 graduates completed a course of study in the Academy of Applied and Visual Arts. 148 graduates are eligible for TOPS awards, and this year’s class has been offered $1,851,722 in scholarships. Comeaux students have also earned 228 hours of Dual Enrollment credit, and twenty-four graduates earned additional college credit through CLEP testing.


David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy


All 53 David Thibodaux graduates received specialized training through the STEM Academy. Twenty-one students are eligible for TOPS awards, and David Thibodaux graduates received scholarship offers totaling $1,392,801. This year’s graduates also earned 341 hours of Dual Enrollment credit, and three earned additional college credit with passing scores on the CLEP exams. Four graduates have elected to join the armed services.