Graduation from high school is said to be among the many milestones in a young adultâ€™s life and many high school graduates hope to share in this big moment with their families.
For many military children, family members outside their immediate family, live much too far away to make the momentous ceremony.Â Thanks to modern technology, family members across the map are now able to, at least virtually, take part in their graduateâ€™s celebration.
High schools across Yuma, Ariz., put out a live simulcast of their graduation ceremonies Friday so those who could not physically be there could still be there in heart.Â Sophia Cole, a Gila Ridge High School graduate and daughter of Maj. Brian Cole, the site commander with VMU-4, had her family tune in from all the way from northern California.
â€œI really wanted and tried to be there but we just couldnâ€™t make it this year,â€ said Nadine Cole, Sophiaâ€™s grandmother from Eureka, Calif., approximately 1100 miles away. â€œI just appreciate the opportunity so much, itâ€™s very touching.â€
In previous years, the graduation simulcast was intended to give deployed service members a chance to see their children graduate even though duty called them away.
â€œItâ€™s a nice gesture for me and other family members, but its so wonderful for the parents. Iâ€™m so glad they have this available for the deployed parents,â€ Nadine added.
This year, thankfully all of the graduatesâ€™ parents were home safe and sound, opening up the opportunity to extended families.
â€œWe keep our families close through technology; Skype, Facetime, phone and e-mail,â€ said Claudia Oates, Sophiaâ€™s aunt and Maj. Coleâ€™s sister, who tuned in from Lincoln, Calif. â€œIts not just about me and my brother, we want our kids to be close to their cousins and we wouldnâ€™t be able to without this kind of technology.â€
â€œOur communication has greatly improved,â€ said Nadine. â€œIts enabled us to keep in touch more often because of how easy it is.â€
The family was so pleased with the opportunity to take part in Sophiaâ€™s graduation and hopes to keep these types of events going for many years to come.
â€œI hope they keep this going for other families, it was simply amazing,â€ added Claudia.