Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca hosts graduation party for foster children

Faculty and staff of Trevecca’s Social Work Program hosted an event on May 5—one that is best described as “heart-warming.” Trevecca’s campus was the location of the Celebration of Excellence, a graduation party for high school graduates who are also foster children in the care of the Department of Children’s Services (DCS).

The event was a way for DCS and Trevecca to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of students who chose to rise above their circumstances in order to create lives and futures for themselves.

In its coverage of the event, local television station Fox-17 said, “Dark beginnings don't always overshadow bright futures.”

Some of the graduates had lived on the street or under bridges. Some came from home situations that did not include hope for the future, and yet these students had found the strength to study and graduate from high school or earn a GED. Rebecca Saint (17) explained that she has goal beyond high school: "I'm hoping to go to TSU. I want to major in business so I can open my own business one day."

Local organizations helped DCS make this graduation party a special event for these graduates. In addition to recognizing the graduates’ accomplishments, sponsors gave each graduate a laptop computer.

The program included a keynote address by former NFL player Freddie Scott. He told the graduates, "No matter what your background is, you can create a legacy for yourself that you can be very proud of.”

These graduates have completed a very important start for their own legacies.