Superintendent’s Message: Graduates prepare to enter next chapter of academic and professional journey

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During his May 2013 message, HCISD Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores looks to the upcoming 2013 Commencement ceremony as a time of unity for the city of Harlingen and a symbol of the transitions that graduating seniors will soon make. Also, discussed is district’s decision  to keep the community safe on this day by delaying the Harlingen High School South Commencement ceremony by 30 minutes.


Superintendent’s Message May 2013: 

As we close the 2012 – 2013 school year, our seniors are getting ready to end their educational journey at HCISD and transition into the next chapter of their academic and professional careers. This monumental shift will be marked by their participation in our annual commencement ceremonies on June 1st, 2013.

The day will bring together community members from across Harlingen, the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas to express their genuine pride in the achievements of our students during their time in our schools. It’s an event that unifies our city with celebration, and creates an atmosphere of hope for our graduates’ future achievements.

This year, our district is experiencing great success in our high schools with a record number of students graduating. With our growing graduation numbers, HCISD strives to ensure the safety of all of our students and their families on this special occasion.

To make certain of our community’s safety, our district has made the decision to change the start time of the Harlingen High School South Commencement Ceremony to 9:00 p.m. These additional 30 minutes will assist in providing a safe entrance for our South Hawk community. It will allow more time for our families to get situated to enjoy their child’s graduation ceremony at J. Lewis Boggus Stadium.

Our decision was made with safety as the number one priority, and we thank you for your continued support of our students. A support that began in the elementary schools when parents joined their campus PTA, which transitioned to full auditoriums for concerts in junior high and was present in high school during our students participation in academic, athletic and fine arts organizations. This support has built a strong foundation for future success, which has helped our students along the path to graduation.

We believe that education is a partnership between our community and district. It is through this collaboration that we provide every one of our students with the means to become trailblazers in the 21st century. Our past, present and future high school graduates are a symbol of our continued support of one another on behalf of their education.

While our students prepare to take their first steps into a bigger world, we hope they look back at their time at HCISD with pride. They will remain a part of our district’s history by joining a prestigious group of alumni, and we want them to know that HCISD will always be their home.

We look forward to the opportunity to see our students graduate on June 1st and to celebrate the next part of their academic and professional journey.

Thank you for you time and commitment to public education in our most outstanding community.


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