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Class of 2014 makes history

When “Pomp & Circumstance” plays inside the Freeman Coliseum tonight, more than 3,000 family members are expected to cheer even louder while watching their graduating senior walk in.

The commencement ceremony for Harlandale High School begins at 7:00 p.m. and 412 Indians will cross the stage. The majority of those graduates, 86%, plan on enrolling in a four-year college or university, or attending a technical school. More than a handful plan on attending out-of-state schools and at least two of them are Ivy League-bound.

Miguel Martinez has registered at Cornell University to study Political Science and Mati Reed is off to study International Health Policy at Harvard University. Miguel earned a Cornell grant totaling $50,450 per year and Mati’s scholarships total $50,150 each year.

Head Counselor Denise Flores said this graduating class is especially unique because several students were awarded other prestigious scholarships such as the Valero Bowl Scholarship, Baumberger Endowment and Caffarelli Scholarship. The total amount of grants and scholarships for the HHS Class of 2014 adds up to $4,372,172.

This Indian class also has the largest number of senior athletes who signed to play collegiate sports. Students representing the football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and softball teams will continue their athletic endeavors at the next level.

McCollum High School has 373 graduates and they will cross the stage to accept their high school diploma on Friday, June 13. The ceremony will also begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Freeman Coliseum.

Graduation ceremonies are free and open to the public, but general parking will cost $7 per vehicle. Families will be allowed to enter with flowers however balloons and noisemakers are banned.