Operation Graduation


Graduation is a significant achievement in the life of any young person, and the success of all students should be celebrated!

Again this year, we are honoring graduates during Operation Graduation, which will showcase essays, photos and videos from Ombudsman students. We invite our staff to help us find – and share – great graduate stories. We’ll feature selected videos and essays here on the website, blog and social media and announce the winner in July 2016.

Be sure to like our Facebook Pagesubscribe to the Destination Diploma blog and to our YouTube channel to receive updates when this year’s essays and videos are posted. We can’t wait to see what we get from our 2015-16 grads!


And we are giving away great prizes to students with the most inspiring stories!

Operation Graduation 2016 winner packages are designed to provide our grads with tools to help them be successful at college, trade school, when entering the job market, or wherever life leads after earning their diplomas:

Grand Prizes

Package 1- Worth $2,000.00
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – 128GB/Intel Core i5
Two-year warranty
Office 365
Type Cover
Snugg Surface Pro Sleeve
Microsoft Lumia 950 (Contract-free)
Package 2 – Worth $2,000.00
11” MacBook Air – 1.6GHz Processor w/128 GB storage
Apple Care warranty
Office 365
ICON Sleeve
iPhone 6 (Contract-free)


First Runner-Up – Worth $1,200.00
64GB iPhone 6S
Apple Watch
Second Runner-Up – Worth $900.00
32GB Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Gear S2 Watch

Samsung Gear S2 Watch and Samsung Galaxy S6, 32GB

Submit Entry

Congratulations, graduate! We’re proud of your accomplishments, and we can’t wait to learn about your experience at Ombudsman. Please visit the following link  to submit your essay or video and photo by 5pm Central on July 1, 2016. We will announce the winners of the Operation Graduation essay/video contest by July 31, 2016.  Submit Entry

Record Video

Want to record your own Operation Graduation video? Please follow the instructions below!

From a center:  If you record your video at the center, your Center Director will upload your video to the Ombudsman YouTube channel.

From anywhere else:  If you record a video using a personal camera or phone, you may upload it to the Ombudsman Facebook page or upload it to your personal YouTube channel and share it with us by email to OpGrad@Ombudsman.com.

Questions about Operation Graduation videos? Email us at OpGrad@Ombudsman.com.

Take Graduate Survey

2016 graduates, click here to take the Ombudsman Grad Survey.

Past Winners

Here is a sampling of inspiring student essays and videos from past winners of Operation Graduation:

- Enter Your Location -
- or -