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Obama to speak at Worcester high school graduation

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Worcester Technical High School was chosen to receive a visit from President Obama for their commencement ceremony. Worcester Technical High School was chosen to receive a visit from President Obama for their commencement ceremony.
WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - It was announced on Thursday that President Barack Obama will speak at the graduation ceremony at Worcester Technical High School in June.

The White House says Obama will travel to Worcester to deliver the commencement address on June 11 because Worcester Tech has boosted its graduation rate and put in place vocational programs it describes as "cutting edge."

School officials were first contacted by the White House about a week and a half ago.

"I was thrilled and honored that the president even knew about our school," Principal Sheila Harrity said.

Worcester Tech is one of just four blue-ribbon schools in Massachusetts. It boasts a 95 percent graduation rate and teaches students the skills they need to become technicians, cooks, accountants, EMTs or hold other positions straight out of high school.

The graduation ceremony will be at the DCU Center in Worcester.

The commencement address is one of at least two that Obama is scheduled to deliver in June.

The White House says Obama also will deliver the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine, on June 14. That's the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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