‘Toss Your Caps!’ event salutes graduates for their accomplishments
Mayor Michael A. Nutter capped off the school year by celebrating the accomplishments of about 300 new graduates from colleges and universities in Philadelphia and the surrounding area on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mayor Nutter was joined by Chief Education Officer Dr. Lori Shorr, as well as college presidents from participating Philadelphia colleges for the event. The program was followed by a group “class photo” on the museum steps and individual shots of each participating school.
“Toss Your Caps! celebrates the hard work, dedication and perseverance of our local college graduates. These young people chose Philadelphia to go to school, share their gifts and contribute to the fabric of our community,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to commend our Toss Your Caps! graduates for achieving this incredible milestone and I’m looking forward to their many future successes.”
Prior to the program, participating students walked in a graduation procession from Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the museum’s steps, where they took center stage for a “Class of 2014” graduation photo. Mayor Nutter and the students wore their various college and university t-shirts and graduation caps. To commemorate the occasion, the graduates were treated with graduation gifts, refreshments and information on additional academic and career opportunities. Singer and Philadelphia native Kathy Sledge entertained the students with a live performance of the Sister Sledge hit, “We Are Family.”
Dr. Shorr said the event illustrated the student’s commitment to education and to expanding their future career opportunities.
“I am pleased to report that since Mayor Nutter announced his bold education goal to increase the number of Philadelphians with a college degree from 18 percent to 36 percent, that the number has increased to 24.3 percent according to the Census Bureau,” said Dr. Shorr. “I am optimistic that this upward trend will continue due the hard work of our students, families and schools. I want to particularly thank the local colleges and universities who have embraced the Mayor’s campaign to increase college attainment.”
The Philadelphia region is home to 300,000 college students across more than 100 higher learning institutions. Nearly 15 of these colleges and universities participated in the class photo today.
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