The Dublin City School District's class of 2018 has almost 1,200 members who will participate in commencement ceremonies this weekend in the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University

In behalf of the Dublin Board of Education, I offer congratulations on this accomplishment to the members of the class, their parents, and the teachers they've had throughout their time with us.

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 futures 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 and, most excitingly, a time to look toward the future

The class of 2018 features the most National Merit Scholar Semifinalists of any school district in Ohio with 40.

This class features 269 students who will graduate at the top of their class with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.1 or above.

The class of 2018 features 352 students who will graduate summa cum laude (4.0 GPA and above), 194 students who will graduate magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99), and 156 who will graduate cum laude (3.5 to 3.749).

More than 450 students will graduate with an honors diploma. More than 80 percent of the class of 2018 has taken at least one advanced placement or International Baccalaureate class during their high school academic careers.

About 90 percent of our students will go on to higher education.

Some will enter the military, and earlier this month we had a special ceremony honoring their willingness to serve.

The class of 2018 enjoyed many successes 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 2018 has earned Ohio Capital Conference championships in a wide 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 2018.

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 that set a record this year, bringing in more than $17,700.

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 2018 represent why we do what we do, and truly embody the Dublin Difference.

Congratulations to the students and parents of the Dublin City School District class of 2018.

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