Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Graduation Rewards Here are six reasons why every student should stay in school and graduate. 1. Greater income and better lifestyle High school graduates earn an average of 40% more than those who don’t finish high school. Over a lifetime, that adds up to about $200,000. A greater income means a better lifestyle — a nicer car, better place to live, money for travel and vacations, etc. 2. More job options The unemployment rate for high school graduates is about half what it is for dropouts. Graduates also have better jobs to choose from. Many employers consider a high school diploma to be a minimum requirement. They see having a diploma as an indication of a person’s ability to work hard and follow through. 3. More education options A high school diploma is your ticket to a wide range of educational opportunities. With a high school diploma, you can go to a community college or to a four-year college or university.