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Well Wishers Honor 535 Culver Graduates


By David W. Myers

Contributing Editor

Under a gray sky and setting sun, a combined 535 teenagers from Culver City High School and Culver Park High School walked up to a podium at Jerry Chabola Stadium last Friday to receive their diploma and then march away into a bright future.

“These deserving students represent our collective hope for the future and exude the best in us all,” wrote Culver High Principal Lisa Cooper and Culver Park Principal Veronica Montes in their joint forward published in the official commencement program.

“On behalf of the Culver City Unified School District, we congratulate the Class of 2015 for this tremendous lifelong accomplishment.”

In an informal survey of 501 local seniors conducted by the School District earlier in the spring, about 50 percent of the teens said they plan to go to a two-year college or vocational school and 40 percent plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Santa Monica College easily topped the list of destination schools, with 182 newly minted Culver grads planning to go there. California State University, Northridge was second, with 119 applicants.

Seventy plan to attend UCLA, 33 want to study at Loyola Marymount, and 32 hope to become USC Trojans. Another 42 plan to attend West Los Angeles College.

Four plan to enter the military, and 46 were undecided about their future plans.

Most of the Class of 2015 grads won’t just be doing homework in the years ahead: 50 plan to work full time and 294 plan to hold part-time jobs.


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