Nearly 300 graduate in Xavier’s 70th commencement

Xavier College Preparatory graduated 285 seniors on May 14, at the school’s 70th Annual Commencement.

Members of the class of 2016 were accepted at 164 colleges and universities, and the graduates were collectively awarded over $23 million in merit-based scholarships.  One hundred percent of the graduating class will attend college in the fall, according to a press release.

Through a dual-enrollment partnership that Xavier piloted with Rio Salado College in 1987, thirty-three Xavier students graduated with both a Xavier diploma and an Associate of Arts degree.  Approximately 50 percent of the class of 2016 graduated with at least one full year of college credit, and nearly 70 percent graduated with dual-enrollment credit hours.

Among its many other accolades, Xavier’s class of 2016 includes a Flinn Scholar, seven National Merit Scholarship Finalists, 13 Commended Scholars, and three National Hispanic Recognition Program Finalists.  In addition, 26 graduates have signed national collegiate letters of intent to play their respective sports at 24 different colleges and universities throughout the United States.

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