Mass Academy Celebrates Ten Years at Commencement Exercises May 10

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Worcester, Mass. - May 7, 2002 - The Mass Academy will mark its tenth anniversary at commencement exercises on Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m. Forty-one seniors from 32 Massachusetts communities will be awarded diplomas. The ceremony will be held at Alden Hall on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus.

The academy was founded in August of 1992 by the Massachusetts Legislature to provide a unique learning environment for high school juniors and seniors with exceptional aptitude in mathematics and science. A public high school, it's located on the WPI campus as a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Department of Education, WPI and the Massachusetts public high schools. Juniors take courses taught by master teachers at the academy while seniors take freshman courses at WPI.

"We've invited a number of special guests," said Robert A. Salvatelli, the Academy's director. "We look forward to celebrating two important events with people who helped create and shape the Academy's success."

More information about the Academy is available at its Web site, http://www.massacademy.org/