The Final Suns-Diamondbacks Educational Academy Graduation Held May 18

Posted by Community Relations at 5/25/2016

The final Suns-Diamondbacks Educational Academy graduation was held May 18. The school will move to a new building and will be named the Linda Abril Education Academy.  Ms. Abril, a Phoenix Union board member for 22 years, was a guest speaker at the ceremony, recalling her time as a student at Phoenix Union High School, when she dropped out during her sophomore year.   After the 48 graduates received their diploma, Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson had one more surprise diploma to give. Abril was presented with a transcript, a cap and gown in the colors of the new school, and her very own diploma, flowers, balloons and a class ring. Abril, who has regretted that she never had a graduation, never went to prom, and never finished high school, is now a Phoenix Union graduate, the first from the Linda Abril Academy, Class of 1959. Abril was overcome with emotion as Gestson, Principal Rick Beck, Board President Lela Alston, board members Randy Schiller and Laura Pastor and Associate Superintendent Dr. Althe Allen presented her with the gift of a lifetime.   Her family joined in the celebration on stage.

“It is something I always wanted, and this is the greatest moment of my life,” Abril said through tears of joy.

Next year, the Linda Abril Education Academy will open its doors at its new building at 3000 N. 19th Avenue, just north of the Metro Tech Campus.