MTS Minnesota Connections Academy Celebrates Graduation, Honors Seniors

Online school students celebrate in-person commencement

These students have forged new ground, leveraged the power of technology and taken education to another level — developing their own path to success

MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 online public school serving students statewide, celebrated its 2017 graduating class of more than 270 seniors during a traditional in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 10 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, in Minneapolis, Minn. Peers, family, friends, and school faculty gathered together to honor the students’ successes.

“This is a moment that represents years of hard work put in by students, teachers, parents and administrators,” said Melissa Gould, principal at MTS Minnesota Connections Academy. “We are proud and honored to have been a part of each and every individual journey. These students have forged new ground, leveraged the power of technology and taken education to another level — developing their own path to success.”

The Class of 2017 includes two ‘legacy’ students who charted new ground for the online school. These graduates have completed their entire education in the online environment, starting with Minnesota Connections Academy in kindergarten or first grade and continuing with the online school through their senior year.

Graduate Maya Snesrud, of Webster, started at Minnesota Connections Academy as a first grader. A talented musician, Snesrud plays multiple instruments, sings in three different choirs and has played piano for 14 years. She plans to attend college and pursue music education after a gap year. Snesrud addressed her peers at the graduation event.

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