GCPS Class of 2017: More than 12,100 seniors prepare for graduation

After 13 years of hard work during their K-12 academic careers, more than 12,100 potential Gwinnett graduates are counting down the days. The 12,150 high school seniors will walk across the stage this week as the school district congratulates the Class of 2017, the largest and most decorated to date. 

“The Class of 2017 is one in which Gwinnett County Public Schools and the greater Gwinnett community can take great pride,” says CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks. “This is a highly decorated class in terms of scholarships and accomplishments. They are among the best prepared of any graduating class and are prepared for the next chapter in their lives. We wish them well and congratulate them on their hard work and persistence, knowing they are ready for the future. And, while the focus is on the graduates at this time of year, I also would like to thank their families, the thousands of dedicated teachers, and the committed administrators who provided support and guidance to them throughout the years.”



The senior report for the Class of 2017 shows that:

• 85% of the students graduating this year report that they plan to continue their education by attending college or postsecondary schools. The vast majority, or 85% of them, plans to attend college in Georgia.

• The seniors who plan to continue their education have been offered, as of April of 2017, more than $181 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships.

• The majority of the scholarship amount, more than $94 million, was earned for academic achievement. Gwinnett students also received nearly $80 million in athletic scholarships, and more than $7.6 million due to military appointments. The monetary awards do not include HOPE or QuestBridge Scholarship recipients.

• As of May of 2017, 19 Gwinnett seniors earned a full scholarship through the QuestBridge College Match Program. Five of the seniors are Archer High School graduates.

• 19 Gwinnett students received military appointments. The students are:

• The Class of 2017 also includes 3,092 Honor Graduates, who are graduating with a grade percent average of 90 or better.

• During their high school career, 6,982 seniors took Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 3,341 scored a 3 or above on an AP Exam.

• While members of the Class of 2017 were working on their high school diploma, 891 of them also earned college credit through the state’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) dual enrollment program.

Several of these honor students were recognized as the highest ranking students in their school, earning the title of valedictorian or salutatorian. They are:

School Valedictorian
(1st in Class)
(2nd in Class)
Graduates Honor
Archer HS Erduana Omeragic Caleb Kim 651 213
Berkmas HS Alvin Chen Diane Lin 525 93
Brookwood HS Tony Zeng Karl Patram 786 238

Central Gwinnett HS

Qasim Hassan Michelle Vo 473 70
Collins Hill HS Camden Jones Shakrik Punja 714 208
Dacula HS Thandiwe Persaud Paul Dittamo 455 93
Discovery HS Obumneme Godson
Tiffany Nguyen 453 58
Duluth HS Suk Joon Na Tsvetomira Peykova 601 167
Grayson HS Mirela Vojnikovic Katherine Meadows 688 201
GSMT  Sabarish Sainathan Kyle Patel 195 91
GOC Karen Elizabeth
Sarah Kearns 119 2
Lanier HS Danny Nguyen Michelle Derewitz 375 103
Meadowcreek HS Aljon Pineda Brittany Castaneda 595 98
Mill Creek HS Mohamad-Baasim
Bryan Endsley 952 349
Mountain View HS Santiago Escobar Cheyenne Stewart 470 118
Norcross HS Alice Peng Jennifer Lynn Wang 755 138
North Gwinnett HS Victoria Fonzi Jonathan Park 662 287
Parkview HS Tanish Pradhan Kiara Harding 704 198
Peachtree RIdge HS Eric Yan Josephine Rudd 748 263
Shiloh HS Mehul Mehra Anya Solomon 456 49
South Gwinnett HS Diana Kalima Kaila Lattimore 540 55

The graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2017 will take place as follows:

Monday, May, 22, 2017


Phoenix High


Infinite Energy Theatre


7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Meadowcreek High

Infinite Energy Center

3 p.m.

Dacula High Infinite Energy Center 8 p.m.
Central Gwinnett High Central Gwinnett Stadium 7 p.m.
Gwinnett Online Campus Gwinnett Online Campus
7 p.m.
Brookwood High Brookwood Stadium 8 p.m.
Mill Creek High Markham Field @
Mill Creek
8 p.m.
Parkview High  Parkview Community
8 p.m.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Discovery High

Discovery Stadium

8 a.m.

North Gwinnett High  Infinite Energy Center 8:30 a.m.
Lanier High Infinite Energy Center 2 p.m.
Gwinnett School of
Mathematics, Science, and
Infinite Energy Center
Exhibit Halls
5 p.m.
Peachtree Ridge High Infinite Energy Center 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Norcross High

Infinite Energy Center

8:30 a.m.

Mountain View Infinite Energy Center 2 p.m.
Collin Hill High Infinite Energy Center 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

South Gwinnett HIgh

Infinite Energy Center

8:30 a.m.

Duluth High Infinite Energy Center 2 p.m.
Grayson HIgh Infinite Energy Center 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Shiloh High

Infinite Energy Center

1 p.m.

Archer High Infinite Energy Center 6 p.m.
*Monday, May 29, 2017

Berkmar High

Infinite Energy Center

8:30 a.m.

*Memorial Day