International Baccalaureate (IB) graduates from the Class of 2023 returned to Vandegrift HS to formally mark the end of their Diploma Programme journey.

This group of students walked the stage with their classmates in May 2023 to receive their high school diploma; however, it was not until July when the results of the IB exam were finalized. Hosting the ceremony at the beginning of January allows for Vandegrift HS to welcome back many of the students returning home during winter break of their freshman year of college.

Alumni from previous cohorts, along with current students, joined in the celebration. Afterward, a panel of graduates stuck around to answer questions for current IB students, relaying insight and advice from their time in college and beyond. 

“If there’s one thing you take away from tonight, know that we are always here for you,” said Alexandra Magness, the IB coordinator at VHS.

The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive, internationally recognized, two-year advanced academic program that begins in a student’s junior year of high school. The IB DP is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities because it offers a challenging and comprehensive curriculum that academically prepares students for the rigor of college. Additionally, IB DP students may receive college credit, including at least 24 hours at all Texas public universities for students who achieve the IB Diploma.

In Leander ISD, the IB Diploma Programme is also hosted at Leander HS.