The seniors in the Dublin class of 2011 have accomplished many great things during their years with our district. We are proud of them and wish them well in their future endeavors.

The seniors in the Dublin class of 2011 have accomplished many great things during their years with our district. We are proud of them and wish them well in their future endeavors.

Our commencement ceremonies will be held May 28 at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of the Ohio State University.

I would like to share a few highlights of their numerous achievements.

The class of 2011 produced nearly 160 valedictorians, students who graduated with a cumulative GPA of 4.1 or above.

Roughly 200 seniors will graduate summa cum laude; almost 130 will graduate magna cum laude; and more than 140 have earned cum laude honors. Nearly 500 students will graduate with an honors diploma, which is truly a remarkable accomplishment.

This class has been exceptional in its pursuit of the most rigorous courses our district has to offer. The classes' enrollment in the district's Advanced Placement courses has continued to evolve.

Additionally, this senior class has had the opportunity to participate in the International Baccalaureate program, experiencing a wide variety of challenging coursework combined with community-service components.

Members of the class of 2011 have received 1,127 scholarships. More than 90 percent of our seniors will go on to higher education.

The class of 2011 has seen enormous success outside the classroom, as well. During their time with our district, this year's seniors have been involved in some of the best band and choir performances in Ohio. Superior ratings at music competitions have been a regular occurrence.

Our theater departments have produced top-notch productions that have been enjoyed by thousands of people over the past four years. In the visual arts, students have produced an extraordinarily wide array of artwork, which has earned them many state and national awards.

Athletically, this year's graduates have earned Ohio Capital Conference championships in many sports. District, regional and state championships also have been won on the courts, fields, rinks and in the pools.

Community service has been a constant theme during these students' high school careers. In this past school year, students helped with Japan tsunami relief and collected thousands of dollars, toys, blankets, food and other items for worthy causes all over central Ohio.

The senior members of my superintendent's student advisory committee were integral in planning the districtwide dodgeball fundraiser, which raised nearly $14,000 in April.

These are just a few of the many, many examples of how our students gave back to our community.

As educators, it is gratifying each year when another class of our young people moves along to take on the worlds of higher education and work. Dublin City Schools' interest in the success of our students, however, does not end with graduation.

During the next several years, the district will track how well our students are doing. We prepare our students to succeed in college, but we want them to succeed in life, as well.

As seniors, our students take an exit survey, providing us with valuable data on their feelings about their Dublin City Schools education. But we do not stop there.

In five years, we will survey the class of 2011 again. We want to know if they finished college, if they felt prepared for college coursework, what types of professions they've entered and much more.

Congratulations to the class of 2011 for all they've accomplished.

David Axner is Dublin City Schools superintendent.