Chesco Sheriff holds K-9 Unit graduation

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office graduates its second K-9 training class. On Friday, May 19, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office heralded the graduates of the county’s second K-9 patrol and narcotics training course during a 45-minute ceremony filled with pomp –and the dogs’ periodic panting. Addressing an audience of nearly 100, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh...

Graduating again stirs many emotions

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times On Friday night I walked in my third (and final) graduation ceremony. As I crossed the stage to accept my diploma, I felt a strange mixture of emotions. I was elated to be finished, but, wistful that it was really over. Going back to school at this stage of my life was no easy feat. It had been almost two decades since I had written a paper or studied...

CCIU celebrates graduation of 30 LPN students

On Monday December 12, 2016, students in the full-time CCIU Practical Nursing Program based out of Downingtown became the 119th class to graduate from this program. Row 1 left to right: Emily Simpson, Aletra Moore, Jennifer Arroyo (Salutatorian), Nadine Broomall, Claudia Guzman, Silva, Kim Davis, Grace Crompton, Michele Carpenter. Row 2 left to right: Tedescha Short, Serrita Schofield, Keisha Sumner,...

Kennett High School graduates Class of 2016

A fond farewell to a class remembered as ‘family’ Kennett Consolidate School District Board of Education President Kendra LaCosta presents diplomas to graduates of Kennett High School, Friday night. By Kelly O’Hara, Correspondent, The Times KENNETT SQUARE — In keeping with the honored tradition, Kennett High School held it’s 125th graduation on the front steps of the school. Class...

Malvern Prep celebrates 2016 graduation

Malvern Prep 2016 graduates celebrate during this week’s commencement ceremony. MALVERN – Malvern Prep’s 90th Commencement was held today under beautiful skies at Wolfington Plaza on the School’s Chapel lawn, as the Malvern community paid tribute to the 115 seniors of the Class of 2016 for their accomplishments, commitment to service and the strong bonds of brotherhood that they have...

Some words for graduates in the Class of 2016

Suggestions to make the transition to the next step easier By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Dear Graduates, You have reached a major milestone in life. Graduating from high school is no easy feat, particularly in this day and age. When I was in high school, people certainly were competitive in terms of grades or athletic prowess; but, back then, no one was being offered a Division 1...

Longwood adds two new firefighters

Longwood Fire Company’s members and graduates attending this month’s fire school graduation ceremonies include Mike Maurer, graduate Kim Siegel, graduate Gabe Pepper, Deputy Chief Matt Rouss, Lt. Mike Well and Andrew Yacka. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Fire Company has two new firefighters as Kim Siegel and Gabe Pepper successfully completed instruction at the Chester County Fire School. A...

County graduates 26 new firefighters

West Chester Fire Department Chaplain Jerry Schwartz speaks with the graduates during Thursday’s ceremony. COATESVILLE  – Chester County Department of Emergency Services, Fire Services Division, held graduation for the Spring 2015 Firefighter I class.  Twenty-six graduates were given their certification at a ceremony that was held at the Wagontown Fire Company on Thursday. Family, friends...

Op/Ed.: Keystones should not be a graduation requirement

The one-size-fits-all approach to education is wrong By Stephen Barrar, State Representative, 160th District State Rep. Stephen Barrar This September will mark the first year the Keystone Exams will be used as the deciding factor for whether or not students will graduate from Pennsylvania’s public high schools. This September will also mark the five-year anniversary of House Resolution 456, the...

Senate committee backs local graduation requirements

WEST CHESTER – State Sen. Andy Dinniman announced that the Senate Education Committee voted 8-2 Friday to return control of high school graduation requirements to local school districts. “This is a victory for so many students, parents, teachers and education advocates throughout the Commonwealth and especially here in Chester County, which has become the epicenter of the movement against make-or-break...