The Dublin City Schools Class of 2017 has almost 1,200 members who will participate in commencement ceremonies this weekend in the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University. I am honored to share in this special day with our students and parents.

High school graduation is one of the most important days in the lives of students and parents. A new chapter in the lives of our young people will be opened and their entire lives lay ahead of them.

As educators, when we see students moving on to higher education, employment, or the military, it provides us with a tremendous feeling of pride and represents the culmination of many years of hard work.

For parents and students, it is a time for reflection on what they've accomplished in Dublin City Schools, and most excitingly, a time to look forward toward the future.

The class of 2017 set a school record with 46 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, the most of any district in Ohio.

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

The class of 2017 features 350 students who will graduate summa cum laude (4.0 and higher), 169 students will graduate magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99), and 160 will graduate cum laude (3.5 to 3.749) honors.

More than 400 students will graduate with an Honors Diploma. More than 80 percent of the students in the class of 2017 have taken at least one advanced-placement or International Baccalaureate class during their high school academic careers.

The class of 2017 has seen a lot of success outside the classroom as well. This year's graduating class has been involved in some of the best bands and choirs in Ohio and superior ratings at music competitions have been regular occurrences.

Theater students and staff produced dramas, comedies and musicals which have been enjoyed by thousands of people during the past four years.

In the visual arts, students have produced an extraordinarily wide array of art work earning them many state and national awards.

On the fields and the courts, the class of 2017 has earned Ohio Capital Conference championships in a variety of sports during their careers. District, regional and state championships have been won on the courses, courts, fields, rinks and in the pools.

Community service has been a constant theme for the class of 2017. This past school year, students collected thousands of dollars, toys, blankets, food, and other items for worthy causes throughout Central Ohio.

The senior members of my Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee were integral in planning the districtwide dodgeball fundraiser in April. The event raised more than $15,300, putting the total well above $128,000 for the history of the tournament. I will miss them all next year.

As educators, it is extremely gratifying each year when another class of our young people moves on to the next step in life. The members of the class of 2017 represent why we do what we do, and truly embody the Dublin Difference.

I am very proud of the cultures in each of our three high schools. These seniors have helped create an environment in which it is cool to take challenging courses, it is cool to be respectful toward staff and it is cool to treat one another with dignity and kindness.

Congratulations to the students and parents of the graduating class of 2017.

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph.D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.