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Lincoln-West School of Global Studies graduates first senior class (Photo gallery, Video)




Despite the gloomy weather, Lincoln-West School of Global Studies seniors and staff were all smiles Monday as they participated in the school’s first-ever graduation. 

“The rain is actually a sign of blessing,” Principal Irene Javier said.  “When it rains it is the heavens letting us know they are celebrating with us.” 

In 2016, Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funds to help launch Global Studies, a year-round school that focuses on local, national and global events. It is a mastery school, meaning students advance as they master standards.   

Javier says not only is this the first cohort to graduate from Global Studies, many students who emigrated to the United States are the first in their familes to graduate from an American high school.

The graduation, like others in the District this month, also was a first.  

Gov. Mike DeWine set strict guidelines for school districts to stop the spread of COVID-19. To comply, District CEO Eric Gordon made the difficult decision to forgo the traditional graduation for a drive-up ceremony.

“Nothing can really break us,” said Javier, who is from the Philippines. “Nothing can be a roadblock to us. We've been through tougher times. We have moved from countries. We have broken the roadblock to languages. And now here we are, COVID or not ,we are going to graduate."

The student body represents more than two dozen nationalities, speaking roughly 21 different languages. 

“More importantly, 100 percent of our class of 2020 is graduating,” Javier added. “And a majority will be attending college or enlisting in the military in the fall.”   

The ceremony's virtual speakers included federal Judge Dan A. Polster, who every year uses the Lincoln-West Campus as a site for administering the oath to new citizens.