Lincoln High School Class of 2018 graduates June 8

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Know and Go:

What: Lincoln High School graduation

When: 8 p.m. June 8. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lincoln High School stadium, 790 J St., Lincoln

Admission: Free but must have ticket to attend.

More than 400 Fighting Zebras will soon don their caps and gowns and march across the stage to get their diplomas.

Lincoln High School graduation starts promptly at 8 p.m. June 8 at the football stadium, 790 J St.

There is no saving of seats, according to Lincoln High School Principal Jay Berns.

“However, we’re doing something a little different this year,” Berns said Wednesday. “There will be chairs available on the track for the elderly and disabled. Please R.S.V.P for those seats by calling counseling secretary Connie Brown at 645-6360.”

Signs and balloons are OK, Berns added, but “please be cognizant of blocking the view of your neighbors and people sitting behind you.”

“I’m expecting an enjoyable night for everyone,” Berns said. “These are amazing kids. Let’s celebrate them and be respectful to your neighbors. We’ll try to get through it quickly.”

Included among the highlights for Lincoln High School’s graduation are:

  • Seal of bilingual literacy. Berns said 55 students will receive the seal that recognizes students who speak English and at least one foreign language.
  • Honor Cord. Berns said 201 students will receive the honor cord, which signifies a 3.0 or better grade point average for all course work for eight consecutive semesters and completion of all A-G requirements to be accepted to the University of California or California State University, and no Fs or incompletes. According to the University of California, a-g subjects are history, English, mathematics, laboratory science, language other than English, visual and performing arts, and college-preparatory electives. 
  • Golden State Seal of Merit. Berns said 125 students will receive the Golden State Seal of Merit, awarded by the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Schools, for mastery of the high school curriculum in at least six subjects.

Graduating seniors received a total of $150,000 in local scholarships.

“It’s amazing the community raised $150,000 for scholarships,” Berns said. “That’s really something to be proud of.”

Although admission is free, a ticket is required to attend graduation. Each graduate will be given 10 tickets.

“We just don’t have enough room,” said Assistant Principal Stephanie Brown, regarding the ticket requirement. “Graduating seniors will get their tickets after completing a check-out sheet, likely Tuesday at the earliest.”

The check-out sheet includes a sign-off for teachers that the student is passing all classes, turning in books, cleaning out lockers and paying any debts or fines.