Transition U Celebrates Graduates with Virtual Ceremony

Walsh University welcomed four of its newest alumni during a special virtual graduation ceremony for the students of Transition U on Friday, May 8. This year’s graduates are Andrew Bixler, Madison Esposito, Teresa V. and James Waller.

"This was a last-minute decision to try a ‘virtual’ graduation ceremony. So, I am very grateful to everyone involved who helped me put this together,” said Courtney Jeans, Intervention Specialist, Hoover High School, Transition U. “I just couldn't allow these awesome graduates to leave without trying to do something special for them. They deserve it!"

Transition U is specifically designed for students ages 18-22 with cognitive/multiple exceptionalities who have completed social graduation with North Canton City Schools. This unique collaboration between Walsh’s Division of Education and North Canton City Schools allows participants to have a real college experience with their same-age peers, from matriculation to receiving a college ID.  Walsh education majors work with the Transition U staff and students in a variety of ways.

“The Walsh community embraces our Transition U students throughout our campus. We are blessed to have TU share the Hannon Center with our Education faculty, staff and students where there is a great sense of mutual respect and daily interaction,” said Dr. Jean DeFazio, Chair, Walsh Division of Education. “We cannot wait for these Walsh alumni to be able return to visit us when we can all be together.”