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Historic Night for Grand Prairie ISD, Early College High School Seniors

Tonight marks a first for Grand Prairie ISD as 52 seniors will walk across the stage as graduates of Mountain View College.

The graduation ceremony is the culmination of the first four years of the District’s Early College High School program. Started in 2015, the program was designed to serve first generation college goers as well as other students seeking to earn an associate degree. Since that time, the schools – located on both the Grand Prairie High School and South Grand Prairie High School campuses – have seen siblings of these seniors join the program as well as some parents who have been inspired to pursue a degree themselves.

One student, SGP Early College High School senior Brandon Cruz is the first in his family to go to college. He is a QuestBridge finalist and will attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in mechanical engineering with aspirations to work in Orbital Construction. Brandon's choice to enroll in the ECHS program gave him the best of both worlds such as the opportunity to captain the swim team while serving on Mountain View College’s Core Assessment Committee that works with Deans to analyze student success data.  He is Mountain View’s only high school Ambassador and was named the school’s Outstanding College Student of the Year. 

Brandon is one of many diverse, high-achieving students who have used the Early College High School program to earn their associate degree while still in high school.

WHAT:             GPISD Early College High School Graduation

WHEN:             Thursday, May 16 @ 7pm

WHERE:           The Theatre at Grand Prairie
                       1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75050