Class of 2020 High School Graduates

Decision Day 2020

As we gather this morning to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our Class of 2020, we acknowledge the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor, George Floyd, and all other Black people whose names we will never know.  These deaths have been devastating to our community. We affirm the lives of all Black people and stand in direct opposition to the narratives and stories that suggest that they are not worthy of dignified, humane treatment by our government. We believe that #BlackLivesMatter and will continue to work to make Student U a place where our children can be their authentic selves, can be safe and loved by us. We mourn with those grieving and support the protestors who have gathered across the country to demand justice for Black lives. We look forward to holding space for joy to celebrate our seniors as fuel to continue the work of dismantling systems of oppression.

Mientras nos reunimos esta mañana para celebrar el arduo trabajo y los logros de nuestra Clase de 2020, reconocemos los recientes asesinatos de Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor, George Floyd y todas las demás personas Negras cuyos nombres nunca sabremos. Estas muertes han sido devastadoras para nuestra comunidad. Afirmamos la vida de todas las personas Negras y nos oponemos directamente a las narrativas e historias que sugieren que ellos no se merecen un trato digno y humano de nuestro gobierno. Creemos que #BlackLivesMatter #LasVidasNegrasImportan y continuaremos trabajando para hacer Student U un lugar donde nuestros hijos puedan ser auténticos, seguros y amados por nosotros. Lloramos con los afligidos y apoyamos a los manifestantes que se han reunido en todo el país para exigir justicia para las vidas de los negros.

Esperamos tener espacio para la alegría de celebrar a nuestros graduados como combustible para continuar el trabajo de desmantelamiento de los sistemas de opresión.


 

Today we celebrate our Class of 2020 High School Graduates as they announce their future plans. They have worked tirelessly to make sure they are in the best position to make their dreams come true and achieve greatness. We are proud of each graduate and look forward to being with them as they transition to the next phase of their life.

Hoy celebramos a nuestros graduados de preparatoria de la clase de 2020 anunciando sus planes futuros. Han trabajado incansablemente para asegurarse de que están en la mejor posición para hacer realidad sus sueños y alcanzar la grandeza. Estamos orgullosos de cada graduado y esperamos estar con ellos mientras hacen la transición a la siguiente fase de su vida. Para ver subtítulos en español, active los subtítulos y haga clic en traducir automáticamente al español en la configuración.

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020:

David Alonzo Meraz, Durham School of the Arts – Durham Technical Community College

Jesus Arellano Flores, Jordan High School Graduate – Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

Travon Atwater, J.D. Early College Graduate – University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Marwa Bakri, Middle College High School Graduate – Cornell University

Safaa Bakri, Middle College High School Graduate – Meredith College

Javae' Bromell, Northern High School Graduate – North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

Dante Brown, Southern High School Graduate – Durham Technical Community College

Kevin Contreras Ruiz, J.D. Early College Graduate – North Carolina Central University

Braulio Cruz-Castillo, Jordan High School Graduate

Bailee Davenport, City of Medicine Academy Graduate – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Abigahil Garcia-Trejo, City of Medicine Academy Graduate – Durham Technical Community College

Samuel Gomez-Cruz, Northern High School Graduate

Jessica Gomez-Zamudio, Northern High School Graduate – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Izeria (Izzy) Hargrove, Northern High School Graduate

Melanie Hernandez Soria, Northern High School Graduate – Durham Technical Community College

Freddie Jacobs, Jr., J.D. Early College Graduate – North Carolina Central University

Johan Leyva Cruz, City of Medicine Academy Graduate – Durham Technical Community College

Michel Lopez, Northern High School Graduate – Durham Technical Community College

Lesly Matute-Villagrana, Creative Studies Graduate – University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Malachi McCain, Hillside New Tech Graduate – Livingstone College

Charity McCotter, Liberty Christian School Graduate – Durham Technical Community College

William Mendoza Cuevas, Cedar Ridge High School Graduate – Universal Technical Institute‎

Donald Moore, J.D. Early College Graduate – North Carolina Central University

Sofia Morales-Calderon, School of Science and Math Graduate – Duke University

Ashaunti Parker, Jordan High School Graduate – University of Mount Olive

Aziyah Patterson, Southern High School Graduate – North Carolina Central University

Dulce Perez-Rojas, Cedar Ridge High School Graduate – Durham Technical Community College

Osman Portillo-Bejarano, Riverside High School Graduate – Appalachian State University

Cameron Reams, Northern High School Graduate – Guilford Technical Community College

Jose Carlos Reyes Martinez, Riverside High School Graduate – Durham Technical Community College

Roniyha Taborn, Riverside High School Graduate – North Carolina Central University

Gabe Tippett, Eno River Academy Graduate

Grace Tippett, Eno River Academy Graduate – Meredith College

Travis Williams, Northern High School Graduate

Danny Zepeda-Martinez, School of Science and Math Graduate – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kelly Zuniga, Southern High School Graduate – National Guard

- A look back at the Class of 2020’s Student U Journey -

- Words of Encouragement for the Class of 2020 -

Alexandra Zagbayou, Student U Executive Director, congratulates the Class of 2020.
Alexandra Zagbayou, Directora Ejecutiva de Student U, felicita a la clase de 2020.

Myra Davenport, the parent of Bailee Davenport Student U Class of 2020, shares the importance of using your resources and community to help you stay focused on your vision.

Myra Davenport, la madre de Bailee Davenport, Clase del 2020 de  Student U, comparte la importancia de utilizar recursos y comunidad para ayudarles a mantenerse enfocado en su visión.

Kevin Contreras Ruiz, Student U Class of 2020, shares his experience at Student U for the past seven years.

Kevin Contreras Ruiz, Clase del 2020 de  Student U, comparte su experiencia en Student u por los últimos 7 años.

Rachel Rivera, Student U College student and High School Class of 2017, congratulates the Class of 2020 and welcomes them into the College Promise Program.

Rachel Rivera, Estudiante Universitaria de Student U  y Graduanda de la Clase del 2017, felicita a la Clase de 2020 y les da la bienvenida al Programa de Promesa Universitaria.

Malaika (Hankins) Ebon, a former Student U Middle School Program Coordinator, reflects on her time with the Class of 2020.

Malaika (Hankins) Ebon, ex Coordinadora del Programa de Escuela Secundaria de Student U, reflexiona sobre su tiempo con la Clase de 2020.

- Graduate Stories -

Javae’ Bromell is a High School Senior graduating this spring as part of the Class of 2020. Her dream is
Jesus Flores is a High School Senior and is graduating this spring as part of the Class of 2020. He
Aziyah Patterson is a High School Senior graduating this spring as part of the Class of 2020. While graduation looks
Michel Lopez is a High School Senior in the Class of 2020 and is graduating this spring. He dreams of
Osman Portillo-Bejarano is a High School Senior and will graduate this spring as part of the Class of 2020.  In

College Acceptances

The Class of 2020 has been accepted to the following institutions:

Appalachian State University, Averett University, Campbell University, Cornell University, Dillard University, Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, East Carolina University, Elon University, Fayetteville State University, Ferrum College, Gardner-Webb University,  Guilford Technical Community College, Hampton University, High Point University, Howard University, Johnson and Wales University, Lees-McRae College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Meredith College, Norfolk State University, Northeastern University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Queens University at Charlotte, Shaw University, St. Augustine University, Tennessee State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, University of Mount Saint Olive, University of South Carolina at Columbia, Vanderbilt University, Wake Technical Community College, Western Carolina University, and William Peace University!