IB Diploma Programme Class of 2007 being honored

December 23, 2007

The first International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme graduating class are being honored during special awards ceremonies at the schools from which they graduated.

Last week, members of the IB Class of 2007 from Old Mill High School officially received their diplomas in the school's media center.

The IB brass ensemble and other IB students provided entertainment for the event, which included a dessert reception for the graduates and their families.

The IB alumni of Annapolis High School will be awarded their diplomas Jan. 3 during a ceremony from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the school's auditorium.

IB alumni will also share their college experiences with current IB students in what school officials hope will be the first year of an annual tradition.

In May 2007, 89 IB students completed the requirements for the IB diploma.

To be awarded the prestigious internationally-recognized diploma, candidates pass six IB subjects; complete an extended essay research paper of 4,000 words; take the Theory of Knowledge course, and complete 150 community service hours.

Last year, 83 percent of IB seniors from Annapolis High School and 80 percent of IB seniors from Old Mill earned the IB diploma, exceeding the North American (74 percent) and world (79 percent) averages.

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