KIPP’S CLASS OF 2018 CELEBRATES AS EVERY SENIOR GRADUATES

Lynn, Ma. 6-7-18. The KIPP staff at graduation. (Owen O’Rourke)

LYNN — KIPP stands for the “Knowledge is Power Program,” and Thursday, at City Hall, the academy celebrated that 100 percent of the seniors who were enrolled in the school last September marched across the stage and got diplomas.

“The graduation rate, nationwide, for Latin Americans is 75 percent, and it’s 74 percent for blacks,” said Manuel Lopez, a former teacher at KIPP in Lynn who now teaches at KIPP’s Infinity Middle School in New York.

“But tonight, for the Class of 2018, 100 percent of our seniors will graduate.”

That was the big news as the school awarded all 104 of those seniors diplomas.

Mayor Thomas M. McGee greeted the graduates by quoting the late Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago this past week.

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