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Tenth Anniversary Celebration for Saturday Academy Set for Dec. 4

Tenth Anniversary Celebration for Saturday Academy Set for Dec. 4

(November 10, 1999)

Former and current students, parents and staff members of the Saturday Academy Weekend School -- an educational enrichment program for college-bound students at the University of California, Riverside -- are invited to attend its 10-year reunion celebration scheduled for noon Saturday, Dec. 4.

The event will be marked by several performances and recognition of two of the Saturday Academy's founders -- Eric Gravenberg, now vice president of student affairs at California State University, Sacramento, and Waudier Rucker-Hughes, assistant principal at North High School in Riverside.

Gravenberg, also one of two keynote speakers, will discuss the early history of the Saturday Academy Weekend School. Jack Clarke, Jr., a UCR alumnus and Riverside attorney, will address the importance of preparing for college and his own experiences. Saturday Academy scholars will also speak.

The program will be followed by a luncheon.

The Saturday Academy, an outreach program of the UCR African Student Programs office, is designed to help students and their families, especially those from underrepresented groups, prepare for college admission. Saturday classes are provided in mathematics, computer science, language arts and social studies. In addition, the Parent Forum provides practical guidance for raising college-bound students.

Since it was established in 1989, the Saturday Academy has served more than 750 students.

Admission to the reunion reception and luncheon is free of charge, but reservations are requested by Nov. 22. To make reservations, phone the UCR African Student Programs office at (909) 787-4576.

The event will be in Watkins Recital Hall on the UCR campus.

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