On May 21, 2019, Pennsylvania’s Migrant Education Program held its thirteen annual commencement ceremony in Harrisburg at Forum Auditorium. The event, titled “It’s your future, make it count,” was a celebration of the graduates’ hard work and extraordinary achievement.
Pennsylvania’s First Lady Frances Wolf joined secretary of education, Pedro Rivera in honoring the students, and recognizing the graduates’ parents and families for supporting and encouraging their children throughout their academic journey.
Pennsylvania’s Migrant Education Program is a federally funded program that supplements educational support services for migratory children. It assists school districts and charters in coordinating the continuity of educational services for children who have had their schooling interrupted.
Of the 262 high school students in the graduating class, 180 are pursuing a postsecondary education; 40 are entering the workforce and four are joining military service.
Graduates were recognized for their academic accomplishments, perseverance and success in overcoming many challenges. They were also encouraged to remember the opportunities they received and work to ensure that future generations of students have those same opportunities.
Center for Schools and Communities, a consulting organization, trains and support educators who work with migrant students, homeless youth, parenting teens, foster care youth, and with families experiencing poverty.