The Dublin City School District seniors set a school record this year with 46 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

The nearly 1,200 students expected to graduate will attend commencements Saturday or Sunday, May 27 or 28, in Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive.

Graduation will be at 4 p.m. Saturday for Coffman High School students and 7 p.m. Saturday for Jerome students. Scioto's commencement will begin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Those expected to receive diplomas include 434 Coffman students, 411 Jerome students and 334 Scioto students.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said he's proud of the students' accomplishments and is excited for their futures.

"They're just wonderful students, very conscientious," he said.

The class of 2017's academic achievements include 274 students who will graduate at the top of their class with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.1 or higher.

More than 400 students will graduate with an honors diploma, and more than 80 percent of this year's senior class has taken at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate class in high school.

Bob Scott, principal at Scioto, said his graduating seniors are academic and athletic.

The students are also philanthropic and focus on giving to the community, he said.

"It's not school-driven, it's kid-driven," Scott said.

This year's annual dodgeball tournament was held in April and was planned by the superintendent's Student Advisory Committee raised more than $15,300 for charities including the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation, Welcome Warehouse and the Driven Foundation, as well as for the memorial scholarship funds of Lyndsey Rice and Kyle Colello, Scioto students who died in a car crash in November 2009.

Dustin Miller, principal at Jerome, said his graduating class has a combination of heart, academic grit and compassion for achieving the greater good.

"They're going to go off and do wonderful things," he said.

At Coffman, graduating seniors have big dreams and ideas, and they want to make a difference, said principal Mike Ulring.

"They seek to make our world a better place to live," he said.

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