The 15th MU High School graduation ceremony was Saturday, May 31, in the Stotler Lounge at Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.
A total of 150 graduates were eligible for this year’s MU High School graduation ceremony, including 50 from China and 10 from Honduras. Graduates were from 17 states and six countries.
“We have another diverse class of talented students, including a 15-year-old graduate and a 29-year-old graduate,” says Kristi Smalley, principal of MU High School. “Among this year’s graduates are musicians, dancers, tennis players, ice skaters, an aspiring actress and a Bright Flight Scholar.”
The virtual nature of the courses allows students more flexibility in their own learning, from location to pace. Graduates reflected on their unique experiences at graduation, each noting the individual benefits they realized from this flexibility.
This year a very special guest, Scott Thuong, presented the graduation address. As a past MUHS graduate, Scott epitomizes both the advantages that attending virtual high school can offer-graduating at 14- and is a highly unique role model as a Ph.D. graduate at the age 22. Scott was able to offer inspiration to these already inspiring young people.
Each year students from all over the world earn the privilege to graduate from MUHS. All graduates are encouraged to attend the ceremony.