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Fourteen CHS Seniors Will Graduate With Both Diploma And Degree From TC3

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Fourteen seniors will graduate from Cortland High School next month having already received two-year associates degrees from Tompkins Cortland Community College.

For years, a partnership known as “College Now” has allowed area students to take college-level classes while they’re still in high school.

Some students take 1-3 classes. Others take on the feat of completing all the requirements for an Associates Degree and even take part in TC3’s commencement ceremony.

See the video below for the students who attended TC3’s 50th Commencement on May 23, including Meredith Brafman, Tess Engst-Mansilla, Aaron Hughes, Kelley Morgan, Kara Perkins, Daniel Ruggiero, Alexander Ryan, Andrew Ryan, Merrill Storch, Christopher Tanner, Kristen Tasselmyer, Rhen Waldbauer, Ella Wilson, and Elyssa Yonta.

Cortland High School Counselor Lauryn Abdo was in the audience holding flowers for the 14 graduates.

“I can’t express enough how proud I am of these students. How they balanced sports and activities along with their academic course work is impressive. Achieving an Associates Degree in High School is something that makes them very special.”

Ella Wilson is one of the CHS students that achieved their Associates Degree.

“I participated in the College Now program because I wanted to challenge myself and be able to take extra courses while I was in high school. During the commencement ceremony, I felt really proud of all that I accomplished. I would recommend that other students at Cortland High School take advantage of the College Now program. It is a great program and a good way to get ahead before you even start college.”

Cortland High School’s 2019 graduation is set for Friday, June 28 at the SUNY Cortland gymnasium.

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