F.I. Denning Center graduation Thursday

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 5/16/18

The F.I. Denning Center of Technology and Careers, the alternative school for Cleveland City Schools, has scheduled its graduation for Thursday. The ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the …

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F.I. Denning Center graduation Thursday

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The F.I. Denning Center of Technology and Careers, the alternative school for Cleveland City Schools, has scheduled its graduation for Thursday. 

The ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Arnold Memorial Elementary School. 

Dr. Barbara Ector, principal of the Denning Center, said 36 students are set to receive their high school diplomas this year. 

“This is a very special graduation ceremony, because it will be our last and biggest class as an independent school,” Ector said. 

This fall, the credit recovery program at the Denning Center is being moved to Cleveland High School. This means students working toward their high school diplomas will become CHS students — and have the opportunity to become CHS graduates. 

The Denning Center does not name a valedictorian and salutatorian the way some schools do. However, she stressed that all of the graduates have worked hard in order to get back on track and graduate. 

“Many of our graduates faced several life challenges and deserve a medal of honor for perseverance,” said Ector. 

Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer will be on hand for the ceremony and is expected to provide a message of encouragement to the graduates. Students Da’Nasia Scott, Austin Watson, Jonathan Elif and Dakota Peticolas will also be involved in the ceremony. 

Ector said members of the general public are invited to join the students and their families as they celebrate the students' achievements. 

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