Celebration of Educational Excellence

The Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services are partnering with organizations and community partners to recognize young people involved in foster care or youth services who have graduated from high school, received a GED, or obtained a college degree this year. The Celebration of Educational Excellence (CEEX) was created 26 years ago in response to the poor educational outcomes of current and former foster youth. The Celebration has grown and expanded throughout its history, has integrated a resource fair, and emphasizes youth voice and input. Graduates will be recognized and will have the opportunity to attend the resource fair to connect with organizations and community partners to support future successes. 

When: Thursday, June 6, 2024

Time: Resource Fair 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Celebration and Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: University of Colorado Denver – Auraria Campus, Tivoli Student Union, Turnhalle

Sponsors & Exhibitors

In addition to a ceremony honoring the achievements of these youth, the event begins with a Pathways to Success Education, Employments & Resource Fair, helping young people connect with educational partners, community resources, and providing them with information to support their pursuit of lifelong goals. Register by April 25, 2024

Click here for opportunities and registration. 


Click here to RSVP.

Graduation Application (and release)

If you know a young person who may be eligible to participate, nominate them by May 19, 2024.

Click here for the Graduation Application and Release.

Volunteer Information

Click here for volunteer opportunities and to sign up.

Have a question or would like to get involved? Email fcnavigator@dhe.state.co.us.

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