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Since TOLEDO EXCEL Group I completed high school in 1993, a graduation ceremony has
been held each year to recognize the graduating students, their accomplishments in
high school and honors or acknowledgments awarded for their hard work and dedication
to academic success. Each June, the ceremony with a reception afterwards, allows about
a thousand people, TOLEDO EXCEL students, members of their families, EXCEL staff members,
UT officials and other leaders of the community, an opportunity to celebrate the success
of another year, and another EXCEL Group—scholars ready to begin their post-secondary
education and preparation for eventual professional careers.
The EXCEL Student Profile form is a very important, necessary and integral part of the graduation process. The Profile enables graduating seniors to provide the EXCEL Office with complete and thorough information about academic achievements to this point, as well as extracurricular activities to their credit. Information provided by students is put together in a Graduation Booklet for each EXCEL Group, featuring short biographical sketches of members of the group, along with their senior pictures. In addition to documenting the achievements of members of each Group, the Graduation Booklet provides an on-going, progressive glimpse of the history of the TOLEDO EXCEL Program, and serves as a souvenir and reference for years to come.
At Graduation each year, the pride of the past and tradition of the program are conveyed to the future through the introduction of a new group of EXCEL scholars—indeed, a worthy, ceremonial event.