The Rougher the Road to Graduation, the Sweeter the Success

I think most people would agree that they somewhat dread high school graduations. Spending several hours, politely listening to 3 or 4 speeches you probably won’t remember, sitting in the sun or a hot auditorium while 500 plus students are called across the stage individually to receive their diplomas. Polite applause for each name fades with the number of students crossing the stage.
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My Virtual Academy partners with several alternative education schools to give those students yet another option to help them graduate high school. I attended Clintondale Alternative Education graduation today, and it was definitely not your typical graduation! There was no polite applause, only loud cheering, whistling and clapping. It felt a bit like a church revival meeting and I will say that for me, it was a very welcome change. There was very little sitting and only one short, inspiring speech. The whole think was over in 45 minutes.
The students that I saw walk across the stage today were prouder than any other graduate I’ve ever met. The road to graduation was not easy for them, and that diploma is obviously cherished by each one of them as well as their families. I hope the feeling of accomplishment those students’ have today convinces them to continue their education. Whether they go to trade school, community college or a university, they will never take learning for granted.

Danielle Yanssens
Program Developer for Continuous Improvement
ATS Educational Consulting Services

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