Graduation day is almost here for thousands of area students and we’re taking a look at unique ways students are earning their diplomas.


Seventeen-year-old Darianne Hudson withdrew from Louisville’s Ballard High School a year ago and she enrolled in Jefferson County High School’s online program.

WFPL gave Hudson a recorder, which she’s carried around for the past several weeks.

Darianne says she plans to complete the last of her classes online over the summer and she will be attending Missouri’s Evangel University in the fall.

On Wednesday we’ll hear from a woman who returned to the public school system to earn her diploma at age 71.

The Next Louisville project is a partnership of WFPL News, the Community Foundation of Louisville, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and The Gheens Foundation, Inc.