News from the Superintendent

Posted: May 10, 2019

Graduation: It Takes a Team

Superintendent Reedy's graduation message

If you attend any of the graduation ceremonies at Tingley Coliseum next week, take a minute to watch the slideshow on the screens above the stage (or watch the video at the bottom of this message.) The yearbook teachers at each of our comprehensive high schools shared a few photographs capturing joyous moments of the final year of high school – homecoming and powder puff, games and concerts and plays, community service, sunrise breakfasts, competitions, class projects.

So many smiles. So much fun. So many wonderful memories.

Now, these young women and men are about to add another happy event to their high school memories – graduation. Thousands of Albuquerque Public Schools students will walk across the stage starting Monday to pick up their hard-earned high school diploma. They will high five their principals, shake the hands of school board members and district administrators, hug their classmates, wave to families and friends. And then the tassel will be moved from the right to the left, and these students will become high school graduates.

APS graduation ceremonies last about an hour, but they represent more than a decade of public education for most of the Class of 2019. Countless words, sentences, essays, and papers written. A myriad of equations and problems solved. Gobs of projects, presentations, experiments, tests, and homework completed.

The road to graduation is paved with challenges. The journey is demanding, frustrating, even grueling at time. It can’t be completed alone. It takes a team of educators and supporters to get these students to the finish line. A team made up of dedicated professionals like you, the employees of Albuquerque Public Schools.

Our students deserve the spotlight on graduation day, but praise also needs to go to all of those who helped them reach this pinnacle – from the parents and families who love them to the teachers who believed in them to the staff that supported them. Congratulations to all of you. I am honored to be a part of this terrific team.

Let's all celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2019. And then, let’s get back to work helping the next graduating class, and all of those to come, along this bumpy road to success.  

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