The Class of 2016 will soon be dismissed.
About 80 Oberlin High School seniors are scheduled to graduate Friday in a ceremony at Finney Chapel.
The class received about $1.6 million in scholarship money, according to Katie Hayes, college access coordinator with the high school and Oberlin College’s Bonner Center for Service and Learning.
The amount is about 45 percent more than the $1.1 million the Class of 2015 received and may be related to increased scholarship applications. Hayes said there were 354 applications in 2015-2016, more than double the 171 in the previous school year.
Twenty-nine students have received scholarships from 25 organizations, Hayes said. Nine students will attend Oberlin College, including seven who received William Robinson scholarships. They are awarded to students who attended the high school for four years. One received a Bonner scholarship, which is awarded for community service.
Seven students received the Diversity Incentive Award to attend Lorain County Community College. The scholarships are awarded to minority students who maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Another received the college’s Presidential Award, which goes to students with a GPA between 3.4 and 3.7.
Science teacher and senior class adviser Ron Bier said all classes have unique aspects but diversity is a constant. “That variety is always there,” Bier said.
This year’s commencement speaker is Hugh Thornton, a Class of 2009 graduate and Indianapolis Colts offensive guard.
Thornton said last month that he wants to keep his speech a surprise, but hopes to inspire students.
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File photo Oberlin High School Class of 2015 members celebrate after last year’s graduation.