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Media Advisory

Date: June 9, 2009
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

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Montgomery College, MCPS to Celebrate High School Graduation of Students Once at Risk of Never Receiving Degrees

WHO: More than 25 students will graduate this academic year with their Montgomery County high school diplomas, thanks to Gateway to College, a unique partnership program between Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools.

WHAT: Montgomery College will host a graduation ceremony to award high school diplomas to the students who successfully completed the Gateway to College program, which serves at-risk youth, ages 16 to 20 years old, who stopped attending Montgomery County high schools or for whom graduation was at risk. The graduation ceremony will feature congratulatory remarks from Montgomery College and MCPS administrators. Graduating student Kojo Biney, who completed his graduation requirements earlier this year and transferred to Towson University, will also speak. Students Lauren Scott and Gal Zeira will be honored for achieving the highest grade point averages among the graduates.

In 2003, Montgomery College was selected as one of the first two institutions in the nation to replicate the success of the Early College High School program pioneered by Portland Community College. The Gateway to College program provides students with the course work necessary to earn a high school diploma while attending Montgomery College and simultaneously earning high school and college credits. Today, more than 200 students are enrolled in the program at Montgomery College.

WHEN: THURSDAY, JUNE 11
Graduation ceremony begins at 5 p.m.

WHERE: MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, ROCKVILLE CAMPUS
Music Recital Hall, Music Building
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850

PARKING: Parking is available on the Rockville Campus during the graduation. Reporters are invited to interview students and families before and after the event.

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