President Obama to speak at Mass. high school graduation

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at Worcester Technical High School. Principal Sheila Harrity made the announcement to seniors on Thursday.

The ceremony is scheduled for June 11 in the DCU Center. Harrity says in a statement that the president’s visit is an honor, adding that Obama is a pre-eminent leader and advocate for career and technical education.

The White House issued a statement saying the school was selected because of its outstanding headway in boosting graduation rates, implementing cutting edge vocational programs, and ensuring that all of its students have the opportunity to succeed.

Worcester Tech is the largest of the city’s seven public high schools with 1,400 students in 24 technical programs. The vocational school moved into a $90 million, 400,000-square-foot campus in 2006.

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