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Killeen Texas - Class of 2020 Killeen Citizens Academy students graduate 20 May 2022 ( news )
Killeen , state Texas ( By Press Release office)
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Pandemic , Winter Storm Uri delayed graduation ceremony
KILLEEN , Texas ( May 20 , 2022 ) – The City of Killeen recognized 15 students who completed the 2020 Killeen Citizens Academy during a graduation ceremony on May 19 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center .
The students began the course in January 2020 and completed their final class on May 12 , 2022 . The COVID - 19 pandemic , Winter Storm Uri and coronavirus variants delayed the process .
Mayor Debbie Nash - King , City staff and councilmembers attended . Killeen’s City Manager , Kent Cagle , was the commencement speaker .
“You may think class is over , but it’s just beginning , ” Cagle said . “Your new assignments - - - To be informed , to be engaged and to be ambassadors for the City of Killeen . You’re now the cheerleaders for the City . ”
The Killeen Citizens Academy is a free program that began in 2014 with a goal to improve citizen engagement and help create a better Killeen . The program helps citizens see how the City works with an in - depth lesson on each department and function or program of city government .
Participants interact with elected officials and city staff to get an inside look at city operations . The academy runs once a day for eight weeks , before graduation day .
Mayor Nash - King acknowledged the students’ and their families’ dedication and commitment .
“I commend each of you for choosing to spend your time becoming more engaged in our government , ” she said . “The City of Killeen exists to serve you , and your involvement is essential to guiding the future of our city .
The City of Killeen plans to host another Killeen Citizens Academy in 2023 and will alert the public when the application and registration process begins .
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