Center Grove High School seniors earn college degrees, certificates
(May 20, 2022) – Center Grove High School (CGHS) honored 119 seniors for earning college degrees or certificates through the school’s Early College (EC) program during a ceremony on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Through the EC program, students can take courses that earn credit toward both high school and college at the same time. Center Grove High School’s commencement ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m. in the CGHS Ray Skillman Football Stadium.
“The EC class of 2022 is filled with hardworking, dedicated, kind, and fun students,” said Tracy McMahen, CGHS assistant principal and director of Early College. “Watching them grow in their thinking and in their relationships with each other and their teachers has been such a gift. We are so proud of all they have accomplished while in high school, and we cannot wait to see what amazing things the future holds for them.”
The following 43 EC seniors will receive an associate degree in General Studies from Vincennes University, along with their high school diploma. Thirty-one of those seniors have earned college honors.
Seventy-six students will receive a 30-hour Indiana College Core certificate, which means they have met all requirements for general education courses at all state universities in Indiana. Every member of this year’s class of 125 earned more than 15 college credits. In total, this year’s EC seniors earned 6,543 college credit hours, which is a savings of approximately $1,072,659 in college tuition.
The Early College program is open to all CGHS students. Students are selected for the program based on their reading level, grades, and recommendations. The program admits approximately 110 students per year. Students take all of their core classes with the EC faculty and other EC students in a small learning community. This structure increases collaboration between faculty and leads to increased accountability and attention to students.