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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, June 2, 2011

San Marcos Will Go Green for Graduation

Graduates to wear new Elements Collection™ regalia by Jostens

Choosing to lead by example, San Marcos High School will extend its commitment to environmental sustainability by graduating in Jostens Elements Collection™ graduation regalia.

Senior Nico Galindo shows off the new graduation cap and gown for Thursday’s ceremony

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Senior Nico Galindo shows off the new graduation cap and gown for Thursday’s ceremony


San Marcos High School demonstrates its commitment to environmental sustainability on June 2, when its graduating class adopts the Jostens Elements Collection™ graduation regalia. In making the decision, the Class of 2011 considered the desire for students to celebrate the San Marcos graduation tradition in scarlet red and royal blue, knowing that their graduation attire was created with the utmost concern for the environment. 417 students will debut the new caps and gowns at graduation ceremonies held at Valley Stadium on Thursday, June 2.

“I am very excited to be one of the first schools in California to take advantage of this unique, environmentally friendly opportunity,” stated Senior Class President Rachel Venturino. “Not only were the gowns made out of recyclable material and can be reused from year to year, but also if they are thrown away they will biodegrade over a period of time.” Earlier this year as president of the San Marcos High School Earth Club, Ms. Venturino spearheaded the effort to install filtered water stations on campus for refilling water bottles and also led a terracyling effort.

The fabric used in Jostens Elements Collection™ was developed using 100% acetate material, selected after an extensive evaluation of various options by Jostens. Based on scientific research, the fabric is proven to decompose in soil. In addition, the Eco-Zip™ coil zipper tape and teeth are made from 100% recycled PET. Earth-friendly packaging contains ECM BioFilms™ material that facilitates the decomposition process of the cap and gown bag.

The Elements Collection™ also offers students an additional way to support the environment through a unique Student Give Back Program. When a student redeems their Elements Collection™ regalia hang tag code online, Jostens will contribute $1 to support environmental sustainability.

Minneapolis-based Jostens is a provider of products, programs and services that help people celebrate important moments, recognize achievements and build affiliation. The Company’s products include school yearbooks and other memory book products, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling and educational and trade publishing segments.

The San Marcos High School graduation will take place starting at 5:00pm in Valley Stadium. Gates to the stadium will open at 3:45pm.

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