Pace Center for Girls, Lee recently celebrated the hard work and accomplishments of eight Pace girls, their largest graduating class.
The ceremony is a huge milestone achievement for Pace girls, who have overcome various personal and academic trials in order to complete high school.
Embellished in glitter and bold colors, each girl’s graduation cap was personalized with an inspirational message that reflected on their own individual journey. One cap read “with patience you grow, you heal, and you learn,” while another one quoted “girls with dreams become women with vision.”
Priority Marketing President and Chief Creative Officer Teri Hansen delivered the commencement address and special messages to each Pace girl before graduates took the stage to receive their diploma and custom gift, followed by a tassel ceremony.
“All of us have chapters of struggle or chapters of pain, as well as chapters of triumph and chapters of defeat,” stated Hansen during her speech. “The key is understanding that no one chapter is the entirety of our story, and as long as we live and breathe, we have the ability to write a new chapter and make our story better.”
Turning the page to their next chapter in life, these inspiring young women shared their parting wisdom and words of encouragement to help guide the next girl who finds herself in similar shoes.
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
“It’s okay to cry and talk about your feelings.” – Alexis
With the help of Pace, Alexis was able to transform her life, both physically and mentally. She plans to pursue a career in the real estate field, with her newborn daughter as motivation by her side.
“Be confident and love yourself.” – Alicia
Through tremendous strength and support, Alicia paved her way to becoming a first-generation college student. She has already started college courses and plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
“Be proud of yourself.” – Ciera
At Pace, Ciera was able to shift her mindset and overcome negative self-talk. Her next chapter includes continuing her education to pursue a career in the medical field.
“You can do whatever you put your mind to.” – Dallise
Pace helped Dallise see her full potential and achieve a happier life. Her sights are set on a career in cosmetology or with a veterinary practice.
“If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.” – Destiny
At a time of anger and rebellion, Destiny found the support she needed to transform into a confident young woman and dream big. Her plans are to pursue a career in her passion of cosmetology.
“Everything happens for a reason.” – Piper
Piper thrived at Pace and studied diligently so she could graduate early. She plans to pursue a career in emergency medical services.