U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Deliver Commencement Address at the Graduation Ceremony for D.C. High-School Graduates in Project SEARCH

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U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Deliver Commencement Address at the Graduation Ceremony for D.C. High-School Graduates in Project SEARCH

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan will deliver the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for D.C. high-school students who have participated in Project Search, a program that gives high-school seniors with disabilities the opportunity to learn real world skills through local employment opportunities in federal government agencies. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Department’s Barnard Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. Senior officials from federal agencies also will speak at the ceremony, and Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools Kaya Henderson will present students with certificates.

The 25 students in the program have spent their senior year as interns at the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. The program is a partnership among D.C. Public Schools, D.C. Department of Disability Services, D.C. Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. During the past school year, the interns have divided their time between classroom study and office tasks, developing job-ready skills and learning workplace etiquette. A number of the students will transition to full-time employment in the federal government and local businesses.

Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools Kaya Henderson
Senior officials from federal agencies
What : Commencement address at graduation ceremony for D.C. high-school students in Project Search
When : 10 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Where : U.S. Department of Education
Barnard Auditorium
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202