WORCESTER (CBS) – President Barack Obama plans to deliver the commencement address at Worcester Technical High School’s graduation in June, the White House confirmed on Thursday.

The June 11 ceremony will take place at the DCU Center.

“We are honored that President Obama has chosen to address the graduates of Worcester Technical High School,” Principal Sheila Harrity said in a statement. “As a preeminent leader and advocate for Career and Technical Education (CTE), the President’s work and commitment to promoting equality of opportunity for all, will inspire the class of 2014.”

The school repeatedly has been nationally recognized for its academic successes.

In 1997, Worcester Technical High School was the lowest performing high school in the city and one of the lowest performing vocational/technical schools in the state. The school’s turnaround has led to a 95% four year graduation rate with a 1.3% drop out rate.

The White House says the school was chosen because of its graduation rate and “cutting edge” vocational programs.



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