Camelot Graduates 250 in Philadelphia
Surrounded by friends, family and teachers, roughly 250 students from Camelot Academy, Excel Academy North and Excel Academy South in Philadelphia received their diplomas on June 14th at Temple’s Liacouras Center.
The students were also surrounded by several members of the Philadelphia media on hand to commemorate the big day for the graduates! Below is a sample of media coverage on the graduation:
Students Get Second Chance At High School Graduation
Kamiyyah Rayford from Philadelphia did her schooling with the Camelot Education program and is one of their Second Chance graduates. She says Camelot is just what she needed to get her life on the right track.
“Home school, it was bad. I didn’t care. I didn’t care about many things, but now I’m valedictorian of my graduation,” said Rayford.
Read more here at KYW New Radio and CBS3 Philadelphia.
A ‘Second Chance’ Graduation for At-Risk Students
Hope is something we had to have – hope for better days, hope to not give up, and even hope to graduate,” said Jasmine Murray, a student speaker from Excel Academy South.
Murray attended Central High School between 2012 and 2015, until her senior year. At the time, she was working part-time in a mall’s shoe store to support her family. Murray’s attendance and grades began to slip, and a counselor at Central recommended Camelot Education. Murray enrolled in the program in October 2015.
“I would say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made,” Murray said, as she addressed her fellow graduates.
A Second Chance for Dozens of High School Graduates
Keasia Montgomery, the Camelot Academy2016 class valedictorian said she looked forward to the future — a future that didn’t always look as bright. Montgomery’s life, and her outlook, changed for the better after she arrived at Camelot Education Academy three years ago.
“I’m really proud of myself,” said the 18-year-old South Philadelphia graduate who plans to earn degrees in criminal justice from Community College of Philadelphia and Central Penn College in Harrisburg en route to becoming a homicide detective. “It was a challenge. If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere. It was a challenge but I fought through it.”
Montgomery started attending classes regularly and made new friends. She demonstrated a healthy respect for authority, learned how to handle confrontation more effectively, whether she was “right or wrong, weak or strong.”
Read more here at The Philadelphia Tribune.