EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s Vision Academy of Excellence recently held its fall graduation ceremony for 58 students at Edinburg High School. Since its inception in January 2010, the high school senior recovery campus has graduated a total of 908 students.

The academy’s director, Ernestina Cano, was overcome with excitement, seeing all the students cheered on by their family and friends as they received their diplomas.

“We have a more educated city.  We have a more educated community. We have a more educated school district,” Cano said. “These students will be making a world of difference.”

Several students shared their special stories of overcoming hardships to return to school to be able to graduate. Some students said that they managed to keep up with their studies, while taking care of their own children.  Other students said that they are happy to be the first to graduate in their families.

“They can now continue their studies at the college level or the university level,” Cano said.  “This also means that they can attain a job, where before they couldn’t attain a job because they didn’t have a high school diploma.”

The Vision Academy of Excellence is hoping to graduate another 92 students in May, which will set a milestone for the campus at 1,000 graduates.