Lakeville Area Learning Center’s graduating seniors say they’re more like a family than a class – and that’s made all the difference in their success.
Thirty-nine students from Lakeville Area Learning Center Pathways high school program received their diplomas June 1 at commencement. The ceremony was held at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club.
“First of all, we made it,” said student speaker Alex Wheeler, drawing cheers from graduates and
families alike. That spoke volumes about the dedication in the face of obstacles each student overcame, he added.
“There is beauty in hardship,” Wheeler continued, adding learning from mistakes helps one develop wisdom.
Through tears of joy, student speaker Coral Thomas-Prokasky told her classmates she was appreciative of being able to share the moment with them and that she was grateful for the support she’d drawn and hopefully given to her classmates.
Wheeler described the class as a family.
“Family is a gift that keeps on giving. If you’re a parent, sometimes it keeps on taking, too,” Wheeler said, drawing laughs from classmates and the crowd.
Lakeville Area Learning Center Director Cliff Skagen urged the students to continue to “dream big and finish strong,” adding the same dedication that got them through school will help them achieve their dreams.
“What a difference a degree makes,” Skagen said. At 211 degrees, water is hot, but just shy of boiling. At 212 degrees, however, water turns to steam, which can power engines. The same is true for having high school diplomas, which will serve as launch pads for graduates’ next phases in life, Skagen said.
Wheeler agreed, telling his fellow graduates that degrees couldn’t be taken from the students. He credited Lakeville Area Learning Center’s teachers and staff for believing in him and his classmates – and helping them believe in themselves.
“Teachers: I cannot thank you enough for the time you invested in me and my fellow students,” Wheeler said.
Thomas-Prokasky urged her classmates to remember that support and all their hard work, adding she is looking forward to seeing them go forward and succeed.
“Remember: A wise woman once said you are all worthy and you are all loved,” Thomas-Prokasky said.