Graduation projects rumored to end
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Rumor has it that either the class of 2017 or 2019 will be the last class with the graduation prerequisite, but do either provide the truth? Unfortunately, the rumors are false, but they do contain some instances of truth.
If you didn’t know, the graduation project is a requirement by PV in order to graduate; it entails 24 hours of service, whether volunteering somewhere, focusing on a specific career, or creating a project based on a certain aspect of the curriculum. Students must submit the project proposal during their sophomore year, and they must complete the project by December 1st of their senior year. They present to project panel comprised of teachers and administrators in their junior or senior year. A cumulative paper is also written as well as a time log, approval of hours, and mock interview, which all need to be turned in by December 1st of your senior year as well.
Regarding the false rumors, the state of Pennsylvania has abandoned the graduation project requirement for seniors, but PV has not, so there is no escape anytime soon. While it may seem tedious initially, it is actually quite beneficial toward students. It gives them proper experience with what a potential job could entail, and it teaches many valuable skills, such as responsibility and time management.
For those that thought they would be lucky enough to not to graduation projects, you are out of luck. Freshman, hopefully you have an idea and can maybe get your hours in over this upcoming summer if you want. Sophomores, proposals need to be handed in by the end of April and the best time to get it done (if it is not already) is to take care of it this summer. Juniors, if it is not done by now, then it should be done ASAP! And seniors, if you have not done it, then I wish you the best of luck with graduation.