Promise Becomes Reality
It’s commencement day at El Paso Community College. Generations of families are gathered to celebrate the achievement of their graduate. Valle Verde seniors who have earned their associate’s degree will walk alongside their college peers. Another graduation ceremony will be held several weeks later at the high school campus, at which time students will receive their high school diploma.
Graduation is a testament to and celebration of the school’s impact.
“To see their kid walk across the stage to get their associate’s degree – it’s life changing, not just for their child, but it’s going to have an effect on the whole family,” Covey says.
Covey chokes up thinking about the expression he sees on the faces and in the eyes of the moms, dads, aunts, brothers.
“You see promise become reality.”
This spring, 57 out of 89 seniors will graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from El Paso Community College. Those who did not achieve a full 60 hours of college credit still graduate with an tremendous head start. Many students also receive financial aid services and support. Campus officials estimate the graduates from the Class of 2018 will receive $6.5 million dollars in post-secondary scholarships and financial aid.
Graduates of Valle Verde attend prominent colleges and universities in Texas and the United States, including the University of Texas, Rice University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Columbia University.
For Isabel, the experience at Valle Verde helped her realize she loves studying. She plans to get her biology degree at the University of Texas El Paso and attend medical school.
Matthew will attend St. Mary’s in the fall and plans to major in biology and minor in education. His dream is to teach high school, then college-level biology. He, too, would like to attend medical school.
“Everything this school has offered has just been like me and it has just been a perfect match for me,” Isabel says. “I feel like no other public high school could have provided me with such a great platform for me to grow in.”