MOREHEAD, Ky.---Morehead State University’s Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics held its first graduation Saturday, May 13, at Button Auditorium.
A total of 55 students representing 33 counties from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky were recognized the ceremony. Students are selected based on ACT and SAT scores, academic grades from their first two years of high school, interest in advanced STEM careers, responses toapplication essay questions, interviews by the Academy selection committee and recommendations from teachers and others who could attest to the student’s need and preparedness for the program.
“Today is a day of celebration for Craft Academy graduates and their families,” said Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, MSU president. “This inaugural graduation for the class of the Craft Academy marks an exciting moment in Morehead State University’s history. These young people are well prepared for the next steps in their preparation for leadership in STEM careers.”
The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics opened in August 2015. Joseph and Kelly Craft of Lexington initially pledged $4 million in support of the Academy, which was the single largest cash gift in the history of the University.
“Joe and Kelly’s commitment to providing unique educational opportunities to academically gifted and talented students will provide lasting impact to Kentucky,” said Dr. Andrews. “Craft Academy students will forever benefit from their legacy.”
The Craft Academy offers a unique, project-based STEM+X courses that enriches the educational experiences and develop competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.