EPIC Charter Schools, in its first-ever virtual graduation ceremony to honor the graduating class of 2020, conferred diplomas on 3,805 students on Saturday, June 6. The virtual ceremony, believed to be the largest of its kind in the state, included recorded remarks from notable Oklahoma speakers such as former Gov. George Nigh, members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation and state lawmakers.
“This isn’t the graduation ceremony any of us expected when we started the 2019-2020 school year,” said EPIC Superintendent Bart Banfield, “but our first-ever virtual ceremony is testament to a guiding principal at EPIC – the only constant in the world is change and we must be resilient, innovative and adapt to it. Watching our record-number of graduates succeed academically in the face of a global pandemic is truly inspiring.”
The virtual commencement had all of the elements of a traditional graduation ceremony, including the reading of every graduate’s name, recognition of academic honors, valedictorian addresses and special guest speakers. Many EPIC families planned in-home celebrations with families and friends and celebrated graduates in real time as the graduation live streamed on June 6.
Graduates from the Cushing area include:
From Agra, Eliah Britton and Shirley Camren.
From Carney, Autumn Martin.
From Cushing, Angel Almedina Connor Ambrose, Danielle Baker, Kevin Chace, Summer Conley, Garrett Cook, Asia Gist, Tobin Godwin, Noah Goodman, Jonas Gosnell, Monica Gregory, Wyatt Harper, Rebecca Higgins, Connor Holt, Ashley Howard, Danielle Massey, Jade Oyler, Judy Oyler, Kallie Rose, Trissten Sjodin, Gabrielle (Gabby) Thornton, Noah Tinajero, and Destiny Vaverka.
Graduating from Drumright are Kara Ingram, Jaylie Nichols, Jasmine O’Dell, Nathan Ozan, Mackenzie Packard, Gavin Richards, Mahala Watts and Chance Wells.
From Tryon are Koda Middleton and Leah Porter.
From Yale are Anna Eller, Cheyenne Gallion and Treston Willis.