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Graduation for the Class of 2006 Marked By Many Ceremonies

By Suzanne La Barre
Tuesday June 20, 2006

About 700 students graduated from Berkeley’s high schools Friday. 

Families and friends gathered at the Greek Theater that evening to watch students from Berkeley High School, the Berkeley Alternative School and Independent Study receive high school diplomas. 

Additional ceremonies for Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Community Partnerships Academy (CPA), small schools within the larger high school, were held earlier in the month. 

Three cultural graduations on separate days also took place, including a celebration at St. Joseph the Worker on Saturday (pictured above) for the school’s La Raza group. 

This is the first year public school students were required to pass an exit exam to graduate from high school. Between 20 and 30 students in the Berkeley Unified School District did not receive a diploma because they have not passed the exam, according to the district. 

Seniors who met all other graduation requirements but did not pass the exam were still allowed to walk the stage Friday and have additional opportunities to pass the test.