This week, I had the honor of photographing the 2022 graduation of Findlay Digital Academy (FDA) at the Marathon Center for Performing Arts! I absolutely loved hearing the crowd cheer for their graduates. The pride radiated from the audience! FDA is for students who do not thrive in a typical high school setting or may have dropped out and still want to finish school instead of getting their GED. For adults, FDA has programs for people over 22 to get their diploma, too, and this year they had the largest class of students with 13 students, 9 of whom walked Saturday.

I overheard a few students from the over 22 program talking about how they walked to show their kids their accomplishments. They wanted their kids to know that even though you may get off track and make wrong choices, you can still make changes to succeed.

The class of 2022 had 61 students walk across the stage as the crowd flooded the building with love and praise. The mayor of Findlay Christina Muryn even helped pass out diplomas.

As a bonus for the graduates, I brought my photobooth. It was a huge hit! The graduates loved being able to text their photos with loved ones instantly to their phones.

Happy graduation to all the 2022 graduates!