Jeremy’s graduation: “You have changed our lives”

Yesterday morning, Latham School celebrated the graduation of longtime student Jeremy. Throughout the year, we say goodbye to our graduates when they turn 21 or 22 and age out of Latham Centers’ children’s residential program. These days are always special, and Jeremy’s day was no exception. Students and staff shed tears representing years of progress and connection.

The June 20th graduation was a particularly poignant ceremony. Jeremy has been at Latham Centers for many years and has learned not only how to manage his behaviors and expectations, but has formed impactful relationships with peers and staff. Dominic, Behavior Specialist, has worked with Jeremy for years, and said, “Jeremy is a pivotal leader of his student body. He elevates everyone around him and with a warm hand he never leaves a person behind. Every person matters to Jeremy. No one was ever excluded when Jeremy was involved. He made me value what it means to overcome, treasure the efforts in reaching one’s goal, and covet every nook and cranny that day had to offer. Working with Jeremy was such a personal joy of mine it feels like there haven’t been enough days with him. I am in awe when I look at the man sitting in this room, because he started as a young boy and has made himself into a symbol. A symbol for all of you to look at and strive to be. A hope that our mission is a means and collaborating isn’t a buzzword but something that students and teachers do together to reach their goals…”

At the end of his speech, Dominic remarked, “I will miss you Jeremy, and thank you for everything you have done here. You have changed your life and the lives of the people around you for the better.”

From all of us at Latham Centers, Congratulations, Jeremy! We wish you all the best!

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