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Yvonne B. Miller High School Graduates, Families Celebrate At DJJ’s First-Ever Joint Commencement Ceremony

Mortarboards were gleefully tossed in the air Friday morning, June 19, following the first-ever joint graduation of Bon Air and Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center (JCC) residents from DJJ's Yvonne B. Miller High School. Author Reginald Dwayne Betts, a University of Maryland graduate and current Yale Law School student who was once himself incarcerated as a youth, provided inspirational remarks to the graduates. Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Victoria Cochran officially welcomed graduates, families and guests. Three graduates gave stirring testimonials about their experience, and how grateful they are to have received their education. “Hearing the young men speak about their experience was a powerful reminder of the importance of the agency’s work and the positive difference we can make,” said one staff member in attendance. “Everyone involved in the effort should be congratulated and thanked for reminding us all of the Department’s hope and promise,” noted another. “It was the best graduation ceremony I’ve seen since I’ve been with DJJ,” said Daryl Francis, Deputy Director for Administration and Finance. “Dr. Lisa Floyd, JCC Superintendents Doug Vargo and Peggy Parrish and all Operations and Education staff did a remarkable job of working together to coordinate the event, allowing it to be a smoothly-run, meaningful occasion that everyone enjoyed.”