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Superintendent’s Message

Superintendent’s Message

To the Graduates and their Families:

Savor this day. Graduation is always a momentous occasion. It is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work that began when you first walked through the doors of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Although you may not have fully grasped then what was to come, you knew that your lives were about to change.

Today, your lives will change again. With college and careers on the horizon, savor the last moments of high school and proudly accept your diplomas in front of your family and friends. You are entering a world that is increasingly competitive and I am confident the tools you have acquired during your time in MPS have prepared you for the challenges that lie ahead.

While once you were young learners, today you become graduates. This is your milestone, years in the making through your diligent work and the help of your teachers, school staff, families, mentors and supportive adults. Graduation marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another – one that signals the promise and potential of your future.

On behalf of the Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minneapolis Board of Education and the countless teachers, principals and staff members who have invested in your success, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to you on the occasion of your graduation. I am confident that you will be good at all that comes next.


Bernadeia H. Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools