Adversity to Achievement: Celebrating Gateway’s Class of 2023

Collage of three images: the first image is of three male actors, the other two images each show a female with flowers.
CAPS flagship program, Gateway, celebrates the dedication and commitment of five stellar students who overcame adversity to achieve their goals. Congratulations CAPS Class of 2023!

A beacon of opportunity shines brightly as we celebrate our 2023 Gateway graduates! In a ceremony held at Redemption Rock Church, just across the street from our Westminster location, family, friends, staff and community members gathered to honor five students who have overcome adversity, stayed dedicated to their education and now, have officially earned their high school diplomas.

Among the five students, they represent a broad spectrum of talents, interests and aspirations from creatives to history buffs to employees already great at holding down a job. In reflection of their years at CAPS, many expressed their appreciation for a safe place to grow, learn about boundaries and feel heard and supported.

In her speech, Gateway Program Director, Michelle Atter, acknowledged the challenges they faced both in the world and within their personal lives over the past couple of years. She encouraged them to remember these experiences as they’ve helped instill in them the strength and resilience to take on the future.

“These early chapters are important ones in each and every one of your lives. Always remember where you’ve come from and the challenges you overcame to get here. It has helped shape who you are today.”
-Michelle Atter, Gateway Program Director

Ms. Atter also emphasized the importance of looking forward and aspiring to become the individuals they envision themselves to be. As they embark on new horizons, she urged them to carry a kind heart, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude. By choosing to excel in these areas, they can set themselves apart and make a positive impact in the world.

During the ceremony students were given the opportunity to express gratitude for those present who played a vital role in supporting thier journeys and were encouraged to make their loved ones proud as they pursue continued education, careers, and personal growth.

The room was filled with pride and emotion as grads completed the tradition of moving their tassels to the left side of their cap; a symbol of their remarkable achievement. Class of 2023: We are so proud of you! You’ll always be part of the CAPS family and we wish you a lifetime of happiness and success.

We encourage you to watch this wonderful tribute video that reflects our graduates personalities, talents, memories and even their advice to future students.