IPE_Logo_72resLAS CRUCES – It will be a packed house in the LCPS Performing Arts Center at Oñate High School, 5600 Mesa Grande, Friday evening, March 21, 2014, as 313 parents graduate from the LCPS Institute for Parent Engagement (IPE), said IPE Coordinator Olga Hawkins. The graduation will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be streamed live on the LCPS website.

Parents will graduate from Oñate High School; Picacho and Vista and middle schools, the Mesilla Valley Alternative Middle School/LEAP program; and Columbia, Booker T. Washington, MacArthur and Loma Heights elementaries in the third semester of the program. Including this group, the total number of LPS IPE graduates will grow to 770, said Hawkins.

LCPS Director of Communications and Policy Development Jo Galván will serve as the March 21 graduation master of ceremonies, which will include 16 parent graduates as keynote speakers. Superintendent Stan Rounds will also speak, and members of the LCPS Board of Education will be in attendance.

Graduating parents will receive a medal, an IPE certificate of completion and a certificate signed by New Mexico State University President Dr. Garrey Carruthers. NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Daniel J. Howard also will attend the graduation ceremony and present the certificates to the parents.

The Oñate High School Navy JROTC Color Guard will present the colors to begin the evening’s program. Entertainment will be provided by the Oñate Concert Choir, directed by Ryan Fellman; the Vista Middle School Eagle Singers, directed by Margo Munson; the Vista String Ensemble, directed by Douglas Poff; and a trumpet solo performed by Picacho Middle School Band Director Emanuel Hernandez.

“The LCPS IPE program continues to grow and evolve,” said Hawkins. “Our goal is to offer the program at all LCPS schools in an effort to improve attendance, graduation rates and academic achievement and to create opportunities for all children to attend college or a university. Eight more schools are slated to join IPE in the fall of 2014,” she said.

For more information, contact Hawkins at 575.527.5808 or ohawkins@lcps.k12.nm.us.