Philadelphia Superintendent Hite Congratulates 300 Camelot Grads for Overcoming Challenges
(Philadelphia – June 11, 2015) – Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools William Hite, Jr. receives lots of invitations to speak at graduations but has to turn down nearly all of them because of his schedule overseeing the District. But he says when Camelot invited him to speak at this year’s commencement; he made sure he found the time.
Dr. Hite delivered a passionate and inspiring speech to the approximately 300 graduates at the Liacouras Center, noting they arrived at Camelot for different reasons.
“Some of you dropped out because of challenges in your life, but some of you were pushed out by schools that didn’t meet your needs,” he said. “We have to make sure we never push kids out. We have to have the right mix of schools to accommodate different kinds of learners.”
Alternative Education is an important component of Dr. Hite’s plan 3.0 to ensure that every student has an appropriate pathway to a quality education. Camelot has been a partner with the District for more than a decade and has been a leader in creating the accelerated school model and helping the District graduate a high much higher percentage of students than it did just a few years ago.
Camelot’s accelerated schools allowed over-age and under-credited students the opportunity to make up for lost time. Camelot’s transitional schools allow students stabilize their behavior so they can focus on academics. Graduates from both types of programs as well as from Camelot’s therapeutic day school were awarded degrees.
Dr. Hite showed he’s handy with social media. While seated on the stage awaiting his turn to speak, he took a photo of the graduates and posted it to his Twitter feed with the hashtags, #camelot2015, #youdidit, #makeusproud, #congrats!