Community Organizer host Virginia College Commencement Ceremony despite school closure

Community Organizer host Virginia College Commencement Ceremony despite school closure

BATON ROUGE, LA (PPN)- According to KCBD-TV, Virginia College, the for-profit college owned by Education Corporation of America, announced Wednesday that they are officially shutting down all campuses nationwide due to financial and educational circumstances.

Students and faculty were faced with devastating news as administrators told them that there school and job would be terminated effective immediately.  Many students and faculty were crying tears of disappointment as there future was uncertain after the unexpected news.

“I had a semester left until I graduate and then this happened. Now, I have to start over. All I have to show for all of this is a bill”, said Destiny Johnson, a student from Virginia College.

One man is committed to saving the student’s commencement ceremony.  Daniel Banguel says that the community needs to stand behind these students and faculty during these challenging times.  Banguel says it is very hurtful to see these students being treated in this manner. Banguel is a Community Organizer and the Founder/CEO  of the Louisiana Educational Advancement Project, a non-profit dedicated to empowering children in at-risk communities to pursue higher education and instill positive character traits so that can be an asset to society. Banguel says that he is committed to having his organization provide these graduates an experience that they so rightfully deserve.

“I am very saddened by the news regarding the school’s closure. I am fully committed to providing a commencement ceremony for all students who have purchased their cap and gowns. I am very proud of everyone’s hard work, and although this may seem like a setback, I want to encourage the students not to give up,” said Banguel.

The community organizer says he can not imagine how it feels to go through months of schooling to be told that it was all for nothing. Banguel was already in the process of organizing a commencement ceremony when students were told back in September that the school would not provide a commencement ceremony.

“I just place myself in the position of the students because, for some of them, it’ll be the highlight of their lives,” Banguel said. “I think they deserve to be recognized and I think our community needs to stand behind them although the school is closing.”

Banguel says that the commencement ceremony is set for Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Bethany North for 6:30 pm.

The commencement ceremony will be anchored by Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner of Higher Education. Hunter will be giving the commencement speech according to Banguel.

“This is what our community is supposed to do when things like this happen. We need to come together and make sure our community receives the treatment that it deserves. I will always be the champion for my community even if I have to do it alone”, said Banguel.

Banguel encourages all those who have finished all requirements and still wish to participate in the commencement to email, info@leapla.org.

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