Gwinnett County Public Schools will graduate nearly 10,000 high school seniors next week according to senior report for the Class of 2012. Currently 9,843 students are scheduled to graduate and a large portion of those will finish with honors.
J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO and Superintendent reports that this is the largest class of seniors in the history of the school system as well as one of the most accomplished groups. Wilbanks stated in a press release, "As a community, we can be proud of these students and what they have achieved during their academic careers. We are especially pleased with the number of Gwinnett graduates who earned their place among the country’s most prestigious academic ranks, including 10 National Merit Scholars (and there may be more), 15 National Achievement Scholars, and 26 Georgia Scholars. Full-tuition grants were awarded to 11 Gates Millennium Scholars and three Questbridge Scholars. Congratulations to these and all of the graduates in the Class of 2012."
Brookwood high school will graduate the largest class with a total of 779 students, followed by Peachtree Ridge with 757 and Mill Creek with 715 graduates. Gwinnett Online Campus will graduate its first class with 12 students receiving diplomas. This year 86 percent of graduates plan to continue their education in college or post secondary schools.
This year's graduates have accumulated more than $101 million in academic, athletic and military scholarships. The Class of 2012 includes 2,050 Honor Graduates.