UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Class of 2012 earned nearly $100 million in scholarship awards, and more than 593,230 student service learning hours.
Approximately 8,280 students walked across the stage this spring in commencement exercises held at Show Place Arena, Comcast Center and Prince George’s Community College, starting on May 22. The final graduation ceremony was held Wednesday, June 6 for Bladensburg High School at Show Place Arena.
“Our graduates exemplify our promise to the community,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of Schools. “We are committed to producing students who are equipped with the 21st century knowledge and skills needed to excel in the workplace and on college campuses. Our graduates are the pride of Prince George’s County Public Schools.”
Eleanor Roosevelt High School students brought in $26.7 million of the total awarded scholarships. Charles Herbert Flowers students brought in the second-highest amount with $13.7 million. Suitland and Laurel high school students earned $10.5 million and $3.5 million, respectively. Scholarship awards at 19 schools exceeded $1 million.
Through service learning, students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world, then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link. Prince George’s County students must obtain at least 75 student service-learning hours to meet the service-learning graduation requirement.