312 receive diplomas at NCSSM commencement

May. 31, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics graduated its 33rd class on Saturday on the school’s historic Durham campus. The 312 graduates in the Class of 2014 represent all of North Carolina’s Congressional Districts and 72 of the state’s 100 counties.

“NCSSM provides a rigorous learning environment where students are challenged not only academically, but where they are challenged to develop as thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in their communities,” said Chancellor Todd Roberts. “The Class of 2014 continuously rose to meet these challenges and are poised to use the skills and knowledge they gained at NCSSM to become great scholars, innovators, leaders, and citizens for North Carolina and the world. We are so proud of their accomplishments. They will be missed and I wish each of them the greatest future success.”

The keynote address was delivered by Class of 1992 alumnus Dr. Matt Welsh, a computer scientist and software engineer at Google where he heads up a team focused on mobile web performance.

The Class of 2014 has received national awards and recognition in some of the nation’s most challenging and prestigious academic competitions, such as the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, the Intel Science Talent Search, the Siemens Competition and the National Science Bowl. Roughly 67 percent of this year’s graduates plan to attend college in North Carolina, with about 60 percent going to a University of North Carolina system school. The Class of 2014 now joins more than 8,000 NCSSM alumni who live, learn and lead across the state and globe.

NCSSM will also recognize participants in its Online Program during the fifth annual Recognition Ceremony today on the school’s Durham campus. NCSSM’s Online Program is a two-year, sequenced online program that provides exploration of specialized, high-caliber STEM courses while allowing students to still attend their local high school.

This formal ceremony recognizes the achievement of these students and the additional effort they invested over the last two years of high school.

NCSSM provides innovative learning opportunities for North Carolina students. While it has a focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), NCSSM also offers a robust curriculum of humanities and interdisciplinary elective courses.

Every year, the school serves nearly 700 students in its residential program and almost 180 in its NCSSM Online program. Through partnerships with schools across the state, NCSSM provides educational opportunities to students far beyond its Durham campus. In fact, NCSSM touches the lives of students and teachers in nearly every county of the state each year.

NCSSM was founded in 1980 and is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. For more information about NCSSM, please visit www.ncssm.edu online.