NEWBURGH - On June 5th San Miguel Academy (SMAN) held its fifth graduation ceremony for the school which was established in 2006 in Newburgh.
There are 65 students at San Miguel and 56 SMAN graduates in the Graduate Support Program, who are all attending various secondary school programs - public, parochial and boarding.
One hundred percent of the students have remained in school "defying the odds" that a low income underserved male in Newburgh will not graduate from high school.
Judge Colleen McMahon gave the commencement speech. Judge McMahon was the judge in the case of the so called "Newburgh Four." She also received press last year when she called Newburgh "the most pathetic place in the state of New York" while sentencing a member of the Bloods street gang.
The school stated, "We are honored that Judge McMahon spoke to the young men of San Miguel since we all believe that a SMAN education is a solution to the dangers of the streets in Newburgh."
"San Miguel’s curriculum reaches in and grabs these boys in a way that their former schools could not. Our success rate is 99% with our entire first graduating class now on their way to college. We couldn’t be more proud of our students. They are why we do what we do," stated Marty Borras, Assistant, Office of Advancement at San Miguel Academy of Newburgh.