Virtual School Seniors Enjoy Graduation Traditions
Although online school students travel a unique path to their high school graduation day, they can receive their diplomas wearing caps and gowns to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance”—just like their peers in bricks-and-mortar schools. And more importantly, seniors and alumni of Connections Academy–supported schools report that they experience equal levels of success!
This year, more than 4,000 Connections Academy students graduated as part of the Class of 2016. Many gathered with family, friends, and classmates at in-person commencement ceremonies for the schools in the 24 states where 12th grade is available. And just like their peers graduating from traditional schools, their joy was captured in photographs.
They are also being accepted to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation. In fact, 91% of Connections Academy 2016 graduates who were interested in attending a four-year college were accepted. And for International Connections Academy online private school, of 2016 seniors who applied to college, 100% were accepted.
In their commencement speeches and in a Connections Academy survey, recent graduates revealed that they feel better prepared for the increasingly digital world of college and career thanks to their experiences in online school.
“The close relationship I have built with many teachers over the years is something I don’t feel would have been successfully accomplished in traditional public school. One-on-one interaction with my teachers throughout the day has really helped my educational goals prosper and advance,” said Noah Langenfeld, Wisconsin Connections Academy class speaker and Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient.
Georgia Connections Academy class speaker and Salutatorian Sean VanMeter agreed and told his classmates, “Fortunately, your Georgia Connections Academy education has prepared you to succeed in the modern business world in more ways than you might think. … [Your diploma] certifies your possession of a very important skill set: you know how to manage your time; you can effectively communicate with both authority figures and your peers; you are resourceful enough to solve many problems independently; and you also know how and when to ask for and accept help.”
While more than half of this year’s graduating class plans to attend two- or four-year colleges, other students have plans to join the military or enter the workforce after graduation. And although they chose a different path through high school, the knowledge and skills these graduates acquired through online learning will result in a future that’s bright and filled with opportunities. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
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