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Honoring the Achievements of the Class of 2019

On Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, the Ken-Ton School District was proud to honor the 509 members of the Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School Class of 2019 during commencement ceremonies at Kleinhans Music Hall.

More than half of all graduates in the Class of 2019 earned at least one of the following distinctions: an Advanced Regents Diploma, an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors, a Technical Endorsement on their Regents Diploma, or as candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Many students received more than one of those distinctions.

The Kenmore East Class of 2019, which celebrated its commencement on June 29, included 209 graduates. Of those, 61 earned an Advanced Regents Diploma; 16 earned an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors; 46 earned a Technical Endorsement on their Regents Diploma; and 13 were candidates for the IB Diploma. A total of 112 students earned at least one of those distinctions.

The Kenmore West Class of 2019, which celebrated its commencement on June 30, included 300 graduates. Of those, 86 earned an Advanced Regents Diplom; 21 earned an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors; 47 earned a Technical Endorsement on their Regents Diploma; and 26 were candidates for the IB Diploma. A total of 146 students earned at least one of those distinctions.

To earn a Regents Diploma with the Advanced designation, students must have passed two additional math exams and one additional science exam. They must also have taken two extra years of foreign language study. To earn the additional Honors designation, students must have completed all exams with a score of 90 or better. To earn a Technical Endorsement, students must have successfully completed the requirements of a New York State-certified career and technical education program.

Kenmore East and Kenmore West are two of only four schools in the eight counties of Western New York that offer the rigorous IB Program, and the Class of 2019 included 39 candidates for the IB Diploma. The IB Program is among the most challenging high school programs in the world, and Ken-Ton IB graduates have been accepted into some of the most selective colleges in the U.S. while earning significant scholarship awards and college credit - in many cases, enough to begin college as a sophomore.

The Class of 2019 also included 33 students who successfully completed the requirements of the Ken-Ton School District’s Career Academies. The four high school Career Academies – Pre-Engineering, Virtual Enterprise & Finance, Information Technology, and Computer Networking & Technology – are New York State-certified CTE programs.