I am excited to share the news: Denver Public Schools' Class of 2016 is our largest graduating class in history, an increase of more than 500 students than we saw in the DPS Class of 201
This means over 500 more young men and women crossed our commencement stages this past spring, ready for college, ready for career, ready to take that next step in their lives. In total, more than 4,300 seniors graduated as part of this historic class, compared to about 3,800 in spring 2015.
That is the largest one-year increase we have ever had in DPS, and it is a testament to the extraordinarily hard work of our educators -- our teachers, school leaders, social workers, nurses, coaches and everyone who comes into our schools to work together to support our young people.
We celebrated this important milestone Monday at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Early College in Far Northeast Denver, where MLK graduate Jordan Grant eloquently shared his journey. He called the school serving grades six through 12 his "home" since he was a sixth-grader.
"At the time, the idea of going to college was very foreign to me. As a young African-American/black male, I never got the impression that I should go to college," Jordan shared. "In my mind, I was going to play professional basketball for the Denver Nuggets."