News 12 This Morning / Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The seniors at Cross Creek High School want to make sure none of their classmates get left behind when graduation rolls around.
"We're trying to get everybody in and out...it would be devastating if someone doesn't graduate with me," said Senior Class President Ja'via Grice.
At Cross Creek, the school has a program called "Commitment to Graduate" where seniors all take a pledge to complete their high school education on time.
Principal Jason Moore says they put together an annual ceremony in the school auditorium, where the students all get to walk across the stage and make their commitment.
"That senior year can get tough for these students," Moore said.
For students like Marquis Gore, graduating is not only important for him, but also for his family.
"I wanna graduate high school and be something successful. I don't want to be out on the streets," Gore said.
Seniors at Cross Creek are also driven to graduate because of the recent loss of a classmate.
Grice says they still plan to call out his name and save a seat for him at graduation.