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June 7, 2007

Largest Class of High School Seniors to Graduate From the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) Friday, June 8, 10:30 am

From: PR Newswire - USA - Jun 7, 2007

Maryland Deaf Leader to Be Honored With Award

PHILADELPHIA, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The largest class ever
since re-establishing its high school in 2001, composed of 14 deaf or hard
of hearing seniors, will graduate from The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
(PSD) on Friday, June 8, 2007, 10:30 - 11:30 am. Ceremonies will take place
in Assembly Hall at Germantown Friends School, Greene Street and School
House Lane.

Mr. James E. Tucker, Superintendent of the Maryland School for the Deaf
(MSD) for the past 15 years, will receive PSD's Nevil Award of Merit. This
award is granted annually to a person, hearing or deaf, who has made a
significant positive contribution to improving the lives of deaf and hard
of hearing people. During Mr. Tucker's tenure, the Maryland School for the
Deaf has grown to national leadership, with a significant growth in
enrollment and a comprehensive bilingual/bicultural program. MSD currently
educates a total of over 500 students from two campuses -- one in historic
Frederick and the other in Columbia, near Washington, D.C. Mr. Tucker is
President of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and
Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), the national organization of schools for the
deaf. He has been a highly visible advocate for the Deaf Community on
Capitol Hill. Deaf himself, he is a graduate of the Austine School for the
Deaf in Vermont, and holds B.A. degrees from Gallaudet University as well
as an M.A. in Deaf Education from New York University.

PSD's 14 graduates are from the city of Philadelphia, Chester or Media
and all plan to attend college, junior college, or other post-secondary
vocational programs, including the National Technical Institute for the
Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, Gallaudet University, Camden
County Community College, Philadelphia Community College, the Hiram G.
Andrews Vocational Program in Johnstown, Pa., or PSD's own Transition to
Work Program.

Two graduates will make presentations in sign language at the beginning
of the program, and a sign-song presentation performed by all the graduates
will conclude the program. The event will be fully voice interpreted and
close captioned.

For more information about PSD's Graduation on June 8th, please contact
Ruth Cella, 215-754-4778 (voice/tty).

SOURCE Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

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