Willyn Webb, executive director of Vision Charter Academy, began the school's commencement ceremony by recognizing Darci Hellman, guidance specialist, for planning and coordinating the event. Graduation was held at the Delta Performing Arts Center on May 23 and began at 5 p.m.
Graduates from all three VCA campuses were invited into the auditorium as acquaintances, friends and family got to their feet and applauded jubilantly until each graduate found their appointed seat.
Members of the board of stewards and school board members were called to the stage and recognized for their role in the growth and existence of the Vision Charter Academy within Delta County.
Webb then discussed the theme that was chosen for the 2017-2018 school year, "Together we can."
"I thought you graduates needed to know that. Behind the scenes we have been working on coming together as a school and as a community along with your families to get you here tonight."
Next year's theme will be "Onward and upward," Webb said, but it doesn't have it stay a theme for the school. She challenged the graduating class of 2018 to continue their onward and upward journey of learning, growing and achieving, as a true Vision Charter Academy Vanguard.
After these encouraging words, she invited the graduates, and the individuals chosen by the graduates to speak on their behalf, to come and sit on the stage.
Each student invites this person to not only speak on their behalf but to also give them their diploma during the graduation ceremony. This tradition of the Vision Charter Academy is "very special and very unique and very individual just like the school model," explained Webb.
The 2018 graduating class from Vision Charter Academy was made up of 19 students. As a class, they received $120,000 in scholarships. Two students, Michael Quinn and Kadyn Dunnagan, have enlisted in the military. James Davis was recognized for being a member of National Honor Society.
The graduates had a chance to recognize the people who supported them on their journey by going down into the auditorium during the flower ceremony and saying thank you with a simple white rose. During the flower ceremony Jordan Evans sang "You'll Be In My Heart" by Phil Collins.
After the graduates returned to their seats, the ceremony was brought to a close with the traditional turning of the tassels.