On Sunday, nearly 400 African American high school graduates were recognized for their accomplishments.
The San Joaquin Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sponsored the 26th annual African American High School Recognition Ceremony.
It was held at the Save Mart Center. The purpose of this annual event is to celebrate graduating seniors. Sunday, 70 students were recognized for having a GPA of 3.5 or higher and several recognized for receiving a full ride to college.
“We didn’t want to focus on the negative data that is often presented about our students, we wanted to focus on what they’re actually doing and a lot of times the negative data is not always a true representation of what our student’s capabilities are,” said Educational Development Committee Co-Chair Lisa Nichols.
The theme of the ceremony was “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” With 45 partners, they were able to award $46,000 in scholarships to help jump-start their college careers.