POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 8:32am
SAN JUAN - High school seniors are excited to see graduation day around the corner, but for many, high school is just a stepping stone for future education.
"Today we are here to celebrate that we are all committed to going to college and graduating in four years," said Darcy Moreno, IDEA DONNA Graduate.
IDEA Donna has gathered students, friends and family to announce where their 73 graduate, strong senior class will be heading come the fall.
"This year for the first time IDEA Public Schools has three graduating classes on the Brownsville, one in McAllen and one here in Donna. And one hundred percent of our seniors are enrolled in a college," said Irma Munoz, IDEA Chief Operating Officer.
One hundred percent of graduates attending college is already an unheard of statistic for any part of the country, but that isn't all.
The way these students announce which college they are going to be going to is kinda like how professional athletes announce what future team they will be playing for. Every student has a list of the colleges they have been accepted to in front of the audience and in the last moment, they show the audience which one they have accepted.
As each student proudly shows their future alma mater's colors, some students reminisced about the lessons learned.
"IDEA's rigor is above anything I think that has been offered to me before and coupled with the I-B diploma program that we have been a part of for the past two years I think that is just has really prepared me for college and everything that is coming," said Gabriel Ozuna, IDEA 2011 Graduate.
This ceremony is just one of many goodbyes these college bound students will have to say and it is a touching moment.
"I think it is going to be emotional because like I said it's like my second family so we have known each other for so long, and it's like you are saying goodbye," said Moreno.
But IDEA reminds students to never forget home and to come back with degrees to help shape the community that molded them.