Students from countries as far away as Colombia, Spain, and Sweden accepted newly-minted degrees at the University of Miami Global Academy’s fourth high school graduation ceremony.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 06, 2014) — With students hailing from the Bahamas, Colombia, Spain, and Sweden, the University of Miami Global Academy (UMGA) graduated the fourth class in its history on Friday, awarding diplomas forged in an online environment where technology such as Skype and video conferencing helped bridge the great distances between students and instructors.

For many of the 12 graduating seniors, the ceremony held in UM’s Newman Alumni Center marked their first face-to-face interaction with longtime classmates from online biology, chemistry, and English courses. But there was no shyness on class valedictorian Jenny Cooke’s part. The pop-country music writer and singer, who has appeared on the Disney Channel, Fox, and Nickelodeon, urged her fellow graduates to embrace all that is diverse.

“It’s a beautiful thing to be different,” Cooke said shortly before the ceremony, noting the distinctiveness of the UMGA online high school.

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