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On Thursday, June 4 — just two days before the Class of 2021’s commencement ceremony — our Black Affinity group honored the ten black members of our graduating class at the 3rd annual Black Affinity Graduation Celebration.

In many schools, this pre-commencement ceremony is called “Black Graduation,” but at University High School, it is called the “Black Affinity Graduation Ceremony.” Events like these have been embraced at many colleges and universities across the country, and they allow African-American graduating students to come together to be celebrated and supported by their peers, faculty members, family, and friends.

In University High School’s celebration, students are joined by an alumni keynote speaker, treated to poetry readings by black faculty, given the opportunity to make remarks to the audience, and presented with a traditional Kente stole (which they may then wear at the school’s official commencement ceremony).

This year, there were ten graduating seniors honored — Caine Ardayfio, Courtney Bradley, Derrick Brown, Austin Clark, Kelsey Harvey, Kharee Hoggs, Josiah Hughes, Kelley McTyer, Keenyn Perry, and Sydney Williams.

Congratulations to these ten Trailblazers!

View Photos from the 2021 Black Affinity Graduation Celebration