Bradwell Institute hosted their annual graduation for the Class of 2022 this past Friday, May 20 at Hokey Jackson Stadium at Olvey Field. Families and friends lined up to cheer on their hardworking graduates as 368 of them marched on to the field to receive their diplomas after four years of hard work and dedication.
The valedictorian for the Class of 2022 was Jocelyn Robles. She was thoroughly excited about her graduation and the path that has led her to graduation.
“It feels really good,” said Robles. “I’ve been ready for this since I was in sixth grade, looking at colleges on my laptop, so I’m really excited to walk across that stage.”
Robles plans on attending the University of Miami where she will be majoring in Biology.
Hampton Jackson was Salutatorian and he felt an immense amount of pride and humility about graduating.
“It’s relieving reaching the culmination of all four years of high school,” said Jackson. “More importantly, I’m very thankful.”
Jackson’s plans after graduating include attending the University of Georgia and go on a premed track majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After that, he intends to become a physician in the US Army.
Jackson and Robles were both selected as Top Shining Seniors in the March 2022 edition of Liberty Life Magazine.
Just like Robles and Jackson, many other members of the Class of 2022 were equally excited about graduating, but there’s still some things that they will miss about their four years.
“I think the thing I’m gonna miss most is probably my friends,” said Austin Hutchison, graduating Senior. “I’ve made so many good friends over the past four years and it’s gonna be hard just leaving them behind.”
Hutchison has already been accepted into the University of Georgia. While he’s there, he’s going to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After that, he plans to find work as an account engineer.
Other seniors did not forget to give credit where credit is due as to those who have helped them along the way.
“My mom has always supported me,” said Anthony Gallardo, graduating senior. “She’s always helped me when I have to do assignments for school.”
Gallardo will be enlisting in the Army after graduation.
At the ceremony itself, Hannah Maldonado-Matos provided a message of inspiration for the graduates. Senior Class President Destini Jackson welcomed the families and friends as well as giving out special recognitions.
The Bradwell Institute Chorus sang the anthem “Light in the Hallway.”
Principal Roland Van Horn made the presentation of Senior Gift and the presentation of the Senior Class to the Superintendent.
Dr. Franklin Perry resided over the Certification of Graduates.