Graduation Ceremony Caps an Amazing Year for The Fedcap School
The Fedcap School in Orange, New Jersey, held its annual Graduation ceremony on June 16th. Over 80 people attended to celebrate the achievements of 11 remarkable students, who earned both a Certificate of Completion from the Fedcap School and a State of New Jersey high school diploma.
The Fedcap School is a New Jersey Department of Education approved Private School for Students with Disabilities ages 14 through 21 who are eligible for Special Education and/or Related Services. The school prepares students for full-time employment and independent living through individualized, student-centered learning and a supportive, results-based therapeutic environment.
The past year has been an extraordinary one for the Fedcap School. For the first time in the school’s history, students have been accepted into college – not just one student but five, one of whom earned a full, four-year scholarship! Four other students will be employed full-time based on placements through the school’s internship program, and the remaining students will continue to receive services through the New Jersey Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). All graduating students receive a transition package from DVR - NJ that provides ongoing access to services and supports.
“This year was a banner year for the Fedcap School,” said Principal Luanne Macri. ‘We continue to break down barriers and change the perception of what people with disabilities can do. As our graduates become productive, self-sufficient members of society, they are the proof.”
Dr. Roque Gerald, Senior Vice President, Fedcap Education Practice Area spoke about the power of education not only to change lives, but to change the world. “You have all overcome phenomenal challenges, and have shown that you have what it takes,” he said. “As you embark on a new beginning, remember to help others as you have been helped, and you can change the world.”
Class Valedictorian Lisa Gray, who will study radiology at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York on a full, four-year scholarship, introduced the keynote speaker, former Superior Court Judge Torkwase Sekou, who delivered an inspiring message of hope.
Student Alliyah Fuller read one of her own poems, I am somebody. “I am somebody,” she said. “I must be respected, protected and never rejected. I am God’s child. I am somebody.”
Following a musical performance by some of the students, Principal Luanne Macri asked the graduates to turn their tassels from the right to the left; they then approached the stage and were presented with their diplomas.
After rousing applause the inspiring ceremony was concluded, and students joined their families and Fedcap School staff for a lunch prepared by the school’s Culinary Arts Department.