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May 17, 2006 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago to celebrate the collegiate scholars program’s first graduating class this Saturday

What/Who: The University of Chicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program, an enrichment program for Chicago Public School students established in 2003, will honor its first graduating class over a luncheon aboard a cruise ship Saturday. In addition to the University of Chicago, this year’s Collegiate Scholars graduates will attend schools including Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. Commencement speakers will include administrators from the Chicago Public School System and the University of Chicago.

When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 20

Where: The Spirit of Chicago cruise ship, departing from Navy Pier

Background: Each year, about 600 Chicago Public School 9th graders apply for the Collegiate Scholars Program, with just 50 or 60 students selected for enrollment. The free program begins in the summer between 9th and 10th grades and continues through high school graduation. During the school year, the Collegiate Scholars participate in programs, classes and tutoring workshops on weekends, and can attend cultural events during the week. Classes meet daily over the summer, with the number of days a week spent on campus depends on each student’s course load. The students also regularly participate in community service activities.
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