On Friday morning, June 9, 2017, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, I was lucky enough to emcee the high school graduation for 25 of our Under A Tree seniors who had taken part in Under A Tree during 2016 or 2017.
Of the six student speakers at the two-school ceremony (Somerset Academy High School and Somerset Arts Conservatory), five of them were UAT alumni (both school valedictorians, both school salutatorians, AND the senior class president). This opportunity ranked among the most meaningful moments of my 15-year career in education.
Although we are admittedly sad to see our founding fellows of Under A Tree move on to college (we will miss them terribly and wish them well!), we are awed by their personal and academic accomplishments. Multiple AP Scholars of Distinction, National Merit Finalists, and an unbelievable list of college acceptances and millions in scholarship offers...our fellows are quite simply...IMPRESSIVE!
Here's just a snapshot of their admissions accomplishments:
We are also excited to note that we have a student leadership team in place for the 2017-18 school year and are ready to implement our THIRD annual Ethical Citizens Fellowship.
With all that said, check out a few images from that special morning below:
And a few bonus pics from our final extemporaneous hoorah picnic:
June 11, 2017 | Pembroke Pines, FL