Thirty-five students from Ulster and the surrounding counties proudly graduated from the Ulster BOCES Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL) at Port Ewen and Camp Ramapo during a recognition ceremony on Friday, June 11.
The students, many who overcame academic and personal challenges in order to graduate from high school, were commended for earning their high school diplomas. Some were also recognized for completing career and technical training in their field of choice.
Kingston City School District graduate Terrell Green, an Automotive Technology student at the Career & Technical Center, credits his support team at CITL for his successes. While speaking to the audience, Green says he was misunderstood before he came to Ulster BOCES. “At BOCES I was able to shine like a star,” he recalls. “I was given a chance to succeed and excel as a person and as a student. That’s why I am standing in front of you guys getting my high school diploma.”
Jillian Berardi, director of learning and design for CITL’s student-based programs, reminded the students to remain true to their defining characteristics. “You are all outside of the box thinkers, and what that means is to stay outside of the box. That means you are creative. You have a uniqueness that is going to help you soar, and you question things,” Berardi said in her closing remarks, reminding them to “Just be you.”
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