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Celebrating the Achievements of the Class of 2018

On Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, the Ken-Ton School District was proud to honor 508 graduates of Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School during commencement ceremonies at Kleinhans Music Hall.

More than half of all graduates in the Class of 2018 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 prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Many students at both high schools received more than one of those distinctions.

The Kenmore East Class of 2018, which celebrated its commencement on June 23, included 214 graduates. Of those, 59 earned an Advanced Regents Diploma; 11 earned an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors; 56 earned a Technical Endorsement on their Regents Diploma; and 12 were candidates for the IB Diploma. A total of 118 students earned at least one of those distinctions. The Class of 2018 also included 28 students honored as members of the National Honor Society (NHS).

The Kenmore West Class of 2018, which celebrated its commencement on June 24, included 294 graduates. Of those, 87 earned an Advanced Regents Diplom; 22 earned an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors; 47 earned a Technical Endorsement on their Regents Diploma; and 25 were candidates for the IB Diploma. A total of 142 students earned at least one of those distinctions. The Class of 2018 also included 56 students honored as members of the NHS and 45 students honored as members of the school’s selective Honors Club.

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 prestigious IB Program, and the Class of 2018 included 37 candidates for the IB Diploma. The IB Program is among the most rigorous 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.

The Class of 2018 also included 36 students who successfully completed the requirements of the Ken-Ton School District’s innovative 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.

Dozens of graduating seniors were celebrated at each school's Senior Awards Celebrations. As of June 4, Kenmore East and Kenmore West students had earned a grand total of $12,469,057 in scholarships.