Michigan Virtual Charter Academy Celebrates Graduates with In-Person Commencement Ceremony


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA), an online public charter school serving K-12 students throughout the state, will celebrate the Class of 2019 at an in-person commencement ceremony on Friday, June 14th. The ceremony will take place at 2 pm at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

This year, MVCA will graduate over 275 students, a 15% increase since 2018, with more than 30 students graduating with honors.

Collectively, the class reports having been offered over $250,000 in scholarships and have been accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including: Purdue, Lawrence University, and Michigan Tech. Additionally, MVCA has graduates planning to enlist in military service through the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard.

“At MVCA, we’re preparing the next generation of leaders, and we take that job very seriously,” said Randy Rodriguez, Head of School at MVCA. “We couldn’t be prouder of our talented graduates and we’re excited about everything that lies ahead for them.”

Agatha Ta-Goetz will serve as Valedictorian and plans to attend the University of Michigan. Sydney Penrose will serve as Salutatorian and plans to attend Oakland University. Ms. Ta-Goetz earned a 4.39 GPA; Ms. Penrose earned a 4.24 GPA. Both students, as well as Mr. Rodriguez, will be available for media interviews.

MVCA will also award the Al-Haqq Award of Perseverance, an honor originated in 2018. The award recognizes one student in the graduating class who overcame significant challenges on the road to graduation. This year’s honoree is Makayla Jenks, who was in the foster care system as a child. She will graduate with honors and plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall.

Students enroll in virtual school for a number of reasons, including looking to escape bullying, being academically off track, looking for an alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom setting. MVCA students access a robust online curriculum in the core subjects and a host of electives and attend live virtual classes taught by state-licensed teachers.

Details of the graduation ceremony are as follows:

WHAT: Michigan Virtual Charter Academy 2019 Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, June 14, 2019, 2:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374

About Michigan Virtual Charter Academy

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA) is a full-time online public charter school that serves students in grades K through 12. As part of the Michigan public school system, MVCA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of proprietary K-12 curriculum and online education programs. For more information about MVCA, visit mvca.k12.com.


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