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Local business hosts graduation for Brightwood College students for free

Brightwood College shut down earlier this month
Posted at 6:00 PM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 21:01:09-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Some former students of Brightwood College finally have something to celebrate after their school shut down earlier this month.

Town & Country San Diego Mission Valley, where the graduation was scheduled to held, will now host the ceremony free of charge.

Karlene Carpenter is one of those students looking forward to the graduation ceremony. She spent countless hours with her classmates, studying and preparing for the next phase of their lives.

"The curiculum was amazing. I got the best education there," Carpenter said.

RELATED: Brightwood College announces sudden closure amid accreditation, financial turmoil

Brightwood suddenly shut down, citing accreditation and financial problems. This happened a few days before Carpenter was scheduled to finish the program. Teachers stepped in to help. Carpenter said some clinical instructors worked for free to help them finish.

"My last term was straight A's," Carpenter said.

At first, it looked like the graduation ceremony scheduled for January 18th at Town & Country San Diego in Mission Valley was not going to happen since the school was out of business.

"We still had the date booked, but there was no way to pay for it," Carpenter said. "I went to school a little later in life. You want to walk across that stage, you want to wear your cap and gown, you want to participate in the pinning ceremony inducting you into nursing."

Then came a little holiday cheer thanks to Santa's helpers, in the form of Town & Country staff.

"We have extended to them a complimentary graduation. Everyone in their families can see them and just really enjoy what they worked so hard for," said Susan Penman, director of sales and marketing at the facility.

From stressful classes to a sudden college shutdown, it was the news Carpenter was more than happy to hear.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My entire class and all of these students are just elated. It was basically a Christmas miracle," she said.