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Westfield Board of Education Hears WHS Graduation and College Statistics

Westfield High School class of 2017. Credits: Mack Liederman

WESTFIELD, NJ — This year, 422 seniors graduated in the class of 2017 along with one student who, upon completing summer school, received a high school diploma, Superintendent of Westfield Schools Dr. Margaret Dolan said at Tuesday night's Westfield Board of Education meeting.

“It’s rather difficult to do and I congratulate that student,” Dolan said, referring to the student who received his diploma after completing summer school.

According to Dolan, 99.3 percent of seniors graduated in 2017, with 95 percent of students continuing their education in a four-year college or university, a two-year college or a vocational, business or post-high school institution.

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“It’s a wonderful thing. We really do strive for 100 percent,” said Dolan.

The Westfield Class of 2017 has students attending 148 different colleges in 33 different states, with one student attending out of the country in France. Five out of the eight Ivy Leagues were represented in the graduating class including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and Princeton.

“Nothing but remarkable,” Board of Education President Gretchan Ohlig said.

“Sometimes we get used to high percentages. We should never do that,” Dolan said. “A lot of work went into that starting when these students were young.”

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