It is with great pride that we announce that on Thursday, June 8, DCP Alum Rock High School (DCP ARHS) proudly celebrated its first graduating class of 2017. Two-thirds of our graduates were the first to sign the college commitment pledge seven years ago as the founding class of DCP Alum Rock Middle School. Now, every single graduating student will be attending college in the Fall at prestigious schools including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and San Jose State University.
Many of the members of DCP ARHS’s Class of 2017 will be the first in their families to graduate from high school, let alone attend college. Every one of these graduates has a post-secondary plan and has received from us the academic, emotional, and financial guidance they need to make their transition to their two- or four-year universities a reality. As these students move on to their chosen colleges, DCP will continue to provide coaching and scholarship support.
The success of first-generation students is why we at DCP do the work that we do, and for our organization, this graduation marks the beginning of the journey to college that we have been eagerly waiting to take with our founding class. It is also the moment our graduates join our distinguished community of DCP Alumni who are working to positively contribute to society and impact the world through their courage and leadership.
Congratulations to DCP ARHS’s first graduating class and to the families, mentors, and staff who guided them to this achievement. As President Barack Obama said in an inspiring quote that graced the cover of our graduation ceremony programs:
“And it is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow.”
Class of 2017: the world is yours for the taking, but we hope you’ll always think of DCP as “home”. Once a Lobo, always a Lobo!