Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Graduation ceremony honors kids who beat the odds

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 1:53 PM

click image H. MICHAEL MILEY
  • H. Michael Miley
In Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy graduation tends to overshadow other graduation ceremonies.

That's especially true this year, since the event featured a speech by President Barack Obama and a performance by the Thunderbirds followed by a crash (the pilot is OK). While it's not likely to garner nearly the attention of that event, a graduation ceremony taking place in Denver is worth mentioning. 

Later today (Wednesday), the Colorado Department of Human Services and other organizations are hosting a ceremony to honor over 100 students who graduated high school, got a GED or received a college degree despite overwhelming odds. These are young people who have been in the foster system or youth corrections. To put their achievement in context, in 2013, just 27.5 percent of public school kids in foster care graduated high school on time. 

So congratulations, graduates, on your monumental achievement. 
Graduation Ceremony Honors Students Beating the Odds

WHAT: The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is partnering with multiple organizations and community partners to honor more than 100 students involved in the foster care or youth corrections systems who graduated from high school, received a GED, or obtained a college degree this year at the 18th Annual Celebration of Educational Excellence.

These students are beating the odds. The majority of Colorado’s students in foster care aren’t graduating from high school. Just 27.5 percent of public school students in foster care in the class of 2013 graduated on time, compared with 77 percent of all students. A new report from the University of Northern Colorado finds educational stability is likely to improve the odds of students in foster care graduating from high school. Colorado students in foster care typically change schools three times during high school.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Resource Fair for Students 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Regis University, Claver Hall, Mountain-View Room, 3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, CO 80221

WHAT ELSE: This annual event brings together young people from all over the state to congratulate them on their achievements and encourage their continued educational success. Students will hear from several speakers who share similar adverse childhood experiences speak about their journeys towards achieving their educational goals.

Each student will receive a special certificate honoring their achievement, along with a laptop to support their educational success in the future.

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