The Department of Corrections would like to congratulate the South Park Academy graduating class of 2017. A commencement ceremony June 1, 2017 at the Timpanogos Facility at Utah State Prison recognized the accomplishments of the 117 graduates who earned diplomas or GEDs while incarcerated this year.
South Park Academy is an advanced education accredited high school that provides basic education to incarcerated adults at the Utah State Prison through the Canyons School District.
With a staff of 31 teachers and other education professionals, South Park Academy enrolls about 1,100 students while helping more than 300 inmates earn their diplomas annually.
The keynote address, also called the salute to graduates, was given by Victor Kersey, Director of Institutional Programming for Utah Department of Corrections, who encouraged the graduates to put their education to use.
"Education is like an ink pen; when used regularly, it can be effective,” said Kersey in his remarks. ”When left unused; it will dry up and be of no use."
Other speakers gave inspirational messages to the 44 graduates in attendance. South Park Academy Principal Todd Bird and Canyons School District Superintendent Dr. James Briscoe provided remarks. Offenders Robert Dumas, Freeda Coleman and Frank Brown represented the class as selected student speakers.
The mission statement of the South Park Academy is to cut the recidivism rate among the prison population through adult and transitional education.
- June 5, 2017