Three remarkable young people comprised the first graduating class in 1992. There are now 292 graduates who represent Ricks Center. Alumni are in many different high schools throughout the area, as well as many outside of Denver and Colorado. Ricks graduates have attended more than 100 different colleges and universities around the world, specializing in such diverse areas as theater, culinary arts, the classics, medicine, law, and much more.
Students are not the only alums of Ricks Center. Family members continue their connections with Ricks Center long after their children graduate. They attend school plays and community events, participate in the Advisory Board, and stay connected with faculty members.
Ricks Center alumni remain connected not only to one another but also to the faculty and school. These connections include long-term mentorships with former teachers that transform over time to friendships based on mutual interests and passions. Student alumni serve their former school by acting as role models, mentors, and guides to current students and families through events such as Life After Ricks and College Connections; they also act as volunteers at school events such as the carnival, the school play, and the Fun Run.
Each year, one alum is chosen to receive the William Buchtel Collister Alumni Achievement Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize the invaluable contributions of Mr. Collister to Ricks Center through an annual award to a Ricks Center alum who embodies the values of a Ricks Center education in their adult lives. The most recent recipient of this award is Michael Neil. A 1995 Ricks Center alum, Michael graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Philosophy and a minor in Modern Revolutions. Michael has received numerous awards including a Boettcher Scholarship, the Clyde Augustus Duniway Award for Outstanding Student Achievement in History, the J. Glenn Gray Award for excellence in Philosophy and a Mellon Fellowship. Michael is a Golden Key Honors Society member in International Studies and was also inducted into the social science honor society of Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Beta Kappa. Michael is currently working on his doctoral degree at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His research investigation is focused on the link between contribution and citizenship within the disabled community.