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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 15

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

U.S. Census Bureau

CAP AND GOWN

Profile AmericaMonday, June 15th. It's time for gowns, carnations, diplomas, and lots of pictures. This is the season for graduations — with ceremonies being held all over the country for students from kindergarten to graduate school. In the U.S., there are nearly 78 million students at all levels of schooling — some 41.7 million from nursery through elementary school, almost 17 million in high school, and about 19 and a half million in college. High school graduation rates have grown steadily through the years, so that now, around eight-out-of-10 young adults have a diploma. The rate for college graduates has also grown. In 1980, 17 percent of Americans had a bachelor's degree or higher — today, that figure is nearly 31 percent, or over 70 million people. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Sources:
Enrollment/table 1: http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2013/tables.html 
High school graduation rate: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/04/28/for-the-first-time-the-u-s-high-school-graduation-rate-tops-80-percent-report-finds/ 
College degrees percent: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d12/tables/dt12_008.asp 
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/education/cb12-33.html 
College degrees total: http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/cps/2014/Table%201-01.xlsx

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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