Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold Gives MU High School Commencement Address
Gracie Gold has traveled all over the world as an American figure skater who earned a bronze medal in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and placed fourth in the ladies’ single skating competition.
She has also earned numerous medals in the World and U.S. National figure skating championships, and is a favorite to represent the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Raised in Springfield, Missouri, Gold returned to Missouri on June 13 to give the University of Missouri High School (also known as MU High School) commencement address. Gold began taking courses from MU High School in 2010, and is a recent graduate of the program.
“In addition to Gracie, we have had more than 1,100 graduates since 1999,” says Kristi Smalley, principal of MU High School. “This year, our graduates range in age from 15 to 43 and include tennis players, rodeo stars and dancers. Our graduates also include 63 international students representing 10 countries, and 95 graduates representing Missouri and 22 other states.”
The University of Missouri has offered high school-level distance learning courses since 1913. In 1999, the university established MU High School as an accredited diploma-granting high school. The high school is housed within Mizzou K-12 Online at the University of Missouri College of Education, and offers more than 150 courses, including core courses, elective courses, world languages and Advanced Placement®.
Graduates of MU High School have been accepted to colleges and universities across the U.S. including some of the most prestigious and traditionally selective institutions in the country. They also have been accepted to 19 different international programs in seven countries.
MU High School is fully accredited by AdvancED and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Learn more about MU High School.