New Mexico Virtual Academy to Host In-Person Graduation Ceremony

State’s First Online Charter School to Celebrate Class of 2017 on May 19

FARMINGTON, N.M.--()--New Mexico Virtual Academy (NMVA), an accredited full-time online public school program of the Farmington Municipal School District, will celebrate the Class of 2017 at a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 19, at the Turano-Chrisman Performing Arts Theater at Piedra Vista High School.

“We are so proud of each of our graduates and all the hard work they have put in to achieve this milestone,” said Lynn Barr, director of operations at New Mexico Virtual Academy. “We are excited to celebrate this special day with our graduates and their families and look forward to their continued success in wherever their path may lead them.”

Dr. Eugene Schmidt, the superintendent of the Farmington School District, and Mrs. New Mexico Summer Jakino-Whistle will each deliver a keynote address to the 41 graduates during the ceremony, which will also include a formal presentation of diplomas. NMVA teachers and staff will be in attendance to recognize the students’ achievements.

Madilynn M. Nolen and Alejandro Esparza are co-valedictorians of the Class of 2017, and Lorissa Humble is the salutatorian. NMVA is also proud to graduate a pair of 11th graders, Kiana Herrera and Bethany Bentley, who took extra courses and were enrolled in a dual-credit program with Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico to be able to graduate a year early.

Through a combination of online instruction, hands-on curriculum and the support of state-licensed teachers, NMVA fosters an individualized approach to education for each student. In order to attain their diplomas, high school students are required to successfully complete credits in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, physical education and general electives, as well as either a foreign language or career/workplace readiness elective. Students must also meet all state testing requirements before earning their diplomas.

Media are welcome at the event. Details are as follows:

New Mexico Virtual Academy Graduation Ceremony
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 1 p.m.
Turano-Chrisman Performing Arts Theater
Piedra Vista High School
5700 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402

About New Mexico Virtual Academy

New Mexico Virtual Academy (NMVA) is an accredited full-time online public school program of the Farmington Municipal School District that serves students in grades 6-12 across the state. As part of the New Mexico public school system, NMVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about NMVA, visit

About K12 Inc.

K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at


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