By Melissa Pamer, Staff Writer | Daily Breeze
Posted: 08/27/2009 10:46:46 PM PDT -- Nearly 50 local LAUSD high school seniors graduated Thursday in a ceremony at Gardena High after passing their exit exams. A George Washington Prep graduate hugs family members after the ceremony. (Scott Varley/Staff Photographer)
Students from Los Angeles Unified high school campuses across the South Bay, like this George Washington Prep graduate, above, got a chance Thursday to don a cap and gown and be awarded a diploma in front of friends and family.
Back in June, they weren't so lucky.
"These youngsters did not have that rite of passage because they had not met requirements," said Juan Flecha, director of high school services for Local District 8, which includes Gardena, Carson, Lomita and the Harbor Area.
At an afternoon ceremony at Gardena High School, about 45 students from local schools participated in a small graduation ceremony.
The students had not passed the California High School Exit Exam or completed all course requirements in time to walk with their colleagues at the end of the school year, Flecha said.
Usually, they'd have to wait until next June to walk, but the district chose instead to hold small regional ceremonies for students who earned their degrees over the summer.
smf: Congratulations to the 45! There is a name for those who extra time to get their diploma. It’s High School Graduate!