Griffin High School held its second annual College Acceptance Day Wednesday in the school’s lobby.
A total of 68 Griffin seniors received certificates of recognition for being accepted to 33 colleges, universities or a branch of the U.S. military.
And those were just the students who had turned in their letters of acceptance to Griffin High on time as proof of them attending college in fall.
The final number of Griffin High students attending college will be higher, as some are still awaiting their acceptance letter.
“They do this for athletes,” said Griffin High Transition Coach Cheryl Walker when asked what made her come up with College Acceptance Day. Recognizing all seniors for being accepted to college just seemed logical, especially since many of them are the first in their families to go to college, Walker said.
“So it’s a big deal. It really is,” she said.
At the conclusion of College Acceptance Day, Griffin High Principal Keith Simmons told students to not loose focus until the semester is over.
“I do want to remind you to finish strong,” he said.
“I do want to remind you to finish what you started. I do want to remind you to always strive to be better.”
Griffin High Lead Counselor Joseph Kelly, who announced the students and the colleges they will attend, urged students to remember their high school roots as they move on in their lives.
“We are many things,” he said, “but most importantly, you are a Bear, now and forever.”