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Girls Who Code graduation

The Girls Who Code chapter at Case Western Reserve University will host a graduation event to showcase the students’ final projects. The students will display their projects—poster session-style—to friends, family and university staff and faculty in the Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thwing Center atrium.

Girls Who Code is a national organization that aims to close the gender gap in technology. The program offers high school students in the community a free 10-week coding course during which they learn the fundamentals of computer science.

Student volunteers from CWRU meet the high school students for two hours on Saturdays to teach them the coding and career skills necessary to thrive in industry. Once the high school students complete the course, they are added to the national Girls Who Code network, through which they can contact engineers in industry or academia. 

The graduation ceremony is a celebration of the bravery, resiliency and talent of the students who have completed the coding program and have officially become Girls Who Code alumni. At the ceremony, students will bring (or be provided with) a laptop to show the greater community their final project. About 14 students are expected to present during the event.

There will also be food and music during the event. Students will earn certificates to document and honor their achievement and have a chance to meet many of the faculty members in the electrical engineering and computer science department at CWRU.