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GOAL High School – Virtual Graduation – June 20th
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While it may seem perfectly natural for an online school like GOAL High School to have a virtual graduation, GOAL Chief Executive Officer, Constance Jones clearly expressed the disappointment for students, staff, and families alike at not having a live ceremony. She points out that this “in no way diminishes the importance of what you have accomplished,” also adding that “a ceremony lasts an hour, the accomplishment of graduating from high school is going to last a lifetime.” Despite the pandemic and lack of face-to-face interaction, the GOAL didn’t skip a beat. The thirty statewide drop-in centers were closed, but online attendance, engagement and success rates remained steady.

GOAL is looking to top last year’s graduating class of 800 students with nearly 1,000 students having earned Colorado Department of Education accredited diplomas! Ms. Debbie Rose, GOAL Board President, will be accepting the class stating that “they are now on a trajectory to achieve dreams they previously thought unattainable, with ripple effects that will uplift their communities.”

The virtual presentation has been a labor of love for the digital media team of Mark and Michael DeHerrera with very able assistants – GOAL High School senior interns, Kiernan McGrath and Dominic Nava. According to Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Duane Nava, "Our Digital Media Team is undertaking quite the task by producing sixteen separate graduation videos that will cover the entire State of Colorado. The videos will feature twenty-seven speakers altogether and nearly 1,000 graphics and pictures to honor each student. All filming was done through Microsoft Teams to ensure the safety of our students.”

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