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June 10, 2009 > School for the Deaf's Class of 2009

School for the Deaf's Class of 2009

Submitted By Bridgetta Bourne-Firl

With the confidence to move on in life, 41 students will march in the California School for the Deaf's 137th commencement ceremony. The program will be held in the school gymnasium at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 12 at 39350 Gallaudet Drive, in Fremont.

Eighty percent of the seniors - all of whom are deaf - will go on to attend either two-year or four-year colleges to continue their education. School superintendent Dr. Henry Klopping remarked, "We are proud to recognize a high number of high school deaf students participating in the June 12 graduation ceremonies who will be enrolling in college starting next fall. CSD strives to maintain high standards in all subject areas in academics, vocational training and career education."

"The remarkable support from the Career Center which provides intensive transition support has made a substantial difference in the student's success with their after-graduation transition goals," explained Steve Orman, principal of the Career Center. Rona Hunt, senior advisor, commented, "What makes CSD a school with outstanding accomplishments is the tremendous school leadership and our exceptional collaboration among all of the staff who work at CSD as an entity to ensure success in every Deaf graduate's future."

Local members of the Class of 2009 include: Nageena Ahmadzai, Hayward; Kevin Carpenter, Union City; Brandon Dean, Newark; Sara Jane Fair, Fremont; Steven Gosselin, Hayward; Miranda Medugno, Fremont; Andrew Paratore, Fremont; Cody Pedersen, Newark; Shea Rasmus, Fremont; Janel Schmidt, Fremont; Valerie Speir, Hayward; Rachel Tansier, Union City.

Graduation Ceremony
Friday, June 12
3 p.m.
The California School for the Deaf
39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont
(510) 794-3707

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