It's a right of passage, most high schoolers can't wait for, to walk across the stage and grab their diploma.
But not every student's path to graduation was through the halls of a school. Online schools are growing in popularity and helping students reach their potential.
Nikita Peterman is heading to UW-Whitewater in the Fall.
"I'm going to be majoring in early childhood special education," said 2014 Nikita Peterman.
Nikita is a 2014 graduate of Wisconsin's Virtual Academy and says she couldn't be more ready to take on college.
"Online learning allowed me to really discover myself as a person and as a learner," said Nikita.
Nikita has some hearing loss and says after struggling to communicate with classmates and teachers in school she opted to attend online class her senior year.
The Wisconsin Virtual Academy is a public school system that offers students an alternative to traditional school.
In the comfort of her own home she took tests, attend lecture and completed papers.
"Every course you have a teacher but you don't see them and they do online lectures once or twice a week," said Nikita.
Nikita says the independence taught her time management, study skills and self assurance that will t take her well beyond college.
"I got my confidence back and not only from a students perspective in academics but in my personality," said Nikita.