New Orleans Salutes Bright Future of High School Grads
New Orleans, LA, May 8, 2015--Today, hundreds of graduating seniors from public high schools across New Orleans gathered in Champions Square to celebrate the college acceptances and bright futures of the class of 2015. Participating schools' senior classes were accepted to more than 300 different colleges and universities in the United States and abroad and have earned over $75 million in scholarships. Nearly 60 percent of public school seniors will enroll in college this fall.
More New Orleans students are enrolling in college directly from high school than ever before, For the first time, New Orleans matched the state average for college enrollment. Graduation rates have also climbed nearly 20 percentage points in the last decade. New Orleans now ourperforms Louisiana in graduation rates from African-American students, African-American males, and students with disabilities.
The Edna Karr High School band performs.CLARENCE WILLIAMS / for NBC News