Pikes Peak Early College Celebrated Class of 2019 and Continuing Students
Pikes Peak Early College celebrated graduates and continuation students with a ceremony on May 20 at the Antler’s Hotel. Family and friends were gathered to celebrate student achievements.
“Many of our seniors will not graduate in the traditional sense, but will continue on with us seeking the completion of their own unique pathway,” said Rochelle Kolhouse, principal. “The goal for a PPEC student is not necessarily a high school diploma, but rather to continue at PPEC to successfully complete their pathway by achieving an associate degree, industry certification, or transfer to a four-year university.”
“Twenty-two of our seniors will not graduate today in the traditional sense, but will continue on with us seeking the completion of their own unique pathway,” said Kolhouse. “We do have 45 students officially graduating today.”
Jade Phinn, graduating senior had her special guest, Chelsea Barrett stand with her to say, “In her own mind, Jade often appears to be one step behind the brilliance she presents to the world.”
“At seventeen years old, she holds more brilliance and wit than she can comprehend. Jade has been accepted into Spellman and Howard universities.”
Jade earned 60 credits toward a Bachelor’s degree and plans to transfer to UCCS to pursue a degree in Psychology. She was also awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship.
Each graduate was read a speech about their accomplishments during their time at PPEC from a special guest and received their diploma.
After the turning of the tassels, graduates were able to spend time with their family and friends to celebrate their milestone.