Maria Rodriguez wipes tears from her face as the Life Skills staff tells the stories about her fellow graduates.
In March, Life Skills Center lost its appeal to stay open before the State Board of Education, when the board sided with Denver Public Schools' decision to close the school. The last-chance high, which Westword profiled in 2007 ("Life Skills Offers Last-Chance High"), shut its doors after eight years of educating all who showed up on its doorstep, no matter how troubled, how discouraged or how far behind. The final graduation took place on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the King Performing Arts Center on Auraria Campus. Photos by Nathan Federico for Westword