More than 1,500 young people in Prince Edward Island will receive their high school diplomas at graduation ceremonies this week.
Approximately 1,200 students will graduate from English programs, 230 from French immersion, and 45 from French First Language programs. Another 20 students will graduate from High School Transition programs.
A 2016 survey of grade 12 students indicated that 51 per cent planned to go on to university following graduation, 16 per cent planned to attend college, 11 per cent planned to work for a year or more to save money for post-secondary education, 8 per cent planned to take a gap year to gain skills and experience. At least 5 per cent planned to return to high school to take courses or upgrade their marks, 3 per cent planned to enter the workforce permanently, and 2 per cent planned to start apprenticeships.