Celebration of Educational Excellence

The Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Higher Education are partnering with other organizations and community partners to recognize young people involved in foster care or youth services who have graduated from high school, received a GED, or obtained a college degree this year. Graduates will have a chance to attend the resource fair to connect with organizations that can support their success in the future. The Celebration of Educational Excellence was created 25 years ago in response to the poor educational outcomes of current and former foster youth. The Celebration has grown and expanded throughout its history, has integrated a resource fair, and emphasizes youth voice and input.


When: June 8, 2023

Time: Resource Fair 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Celebration and Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: University of Colorado Denver - Auraria Campus, Tivoli Student Union, Turnhalle

RSVP:  https://zfrmz.com/DqZTSPzdrc1xEFfTFJgb  

2023 CEEX Save the Date


Graduation Application (and release) 

If you know a young person who may be eligible to participate, please nominate them by May 31, 2023

2023 CEEX Application and Release


Become an exhibitor or sponsor 

In addition to a ceremony honoring the achievements of these youth, the event begins with the Pathways to Success Education, Employment & Resource Fair, helping young people connect with educational partners, community resources, and providing them with information to support their pursuit of lifelong goals. Register by May 31, 2023.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Registration:  https://zfrmz.com/dKkkVsbHqEfMCTcags8q

2023 CEEX Sponsorship Opportunities


Where are They Now? Video Project 

Are you a former CEEX graduate? We are doing a short Video Project entitled "Where are They Now?" to celebrate our 25th year of Celebration of Educational Excellence. 

2023 CEEX Where are they Now? Video Project


Apply to be the Emcee at the CEEX

Are you interested in growing your skills in a professional setting?

2023 Emcee Application


Apply to be a speaker at the CEEX

Are you interested in speaking at the CEEX?

2023 Speaker Application


Volunteer Instructions 

Have a question or would like to get involved? Email fcnavigator@dhe.state.co.us.