Utah Connections Academy (UCA), a tuition-free, online public school serving students statewide in grades K-12, hosted its annual high school graduation ceremony at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi earlier this month. Students traveled from all over the state to receive their diplomas.
Heidi Burris and Kyle Hilton, residents of Tooele, were among the 67 students who earned their high school diplomas through the fully-accredited school, which offers a high-quality, college preparatory curriculum. Graduation was even more meaningful for the students who attended the ceremony because many of them met each other for the first time.
According to a press release from the school, more than 60 percent of UCA graduates have indicated that they will continue their education and immediately enter colleges and universities, while approximately 30 percent have indicated that they will attend vocational school, enter the military, start careers or pursue other plans. Combined, the school’s graduates reported receiving more than $83,000 in scholarships.