Brooklyn High School held its Eighty-Eighth Commencement ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2021 at Brooklyn Stadium on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Excitement, happiness, and a profound sense of accomplishment filled the atmosphere as the graduating Class of 2021 completed their official requirements of their high school careers before a grandstand filled with family members. During his introduction, Principal Brian Hare shared that the Class of 2021 was defined by the qualities of perseverance and a drive for success and urged all of the graduates to write a better story each year of their individual lives. Superintendent Dr. Theodore Caleris praised the Class of 2021 for not only enduring the various challenges brought forth by the pandemic but maintaining a strong positivity and thriving in spite of those obstacles. Class Speakers Sashelle Carter, Gianna Gallardo, and Jamari Walker also delivered words of encouragement and inspiration to their fellow graduates.
The Class of 2021 has certainly thrived and demonstrated strong character and resilience during the past school year to achieve noteworthy academic achievements. Approximately thirty-five seniors earned Honor Roll Status (3.5 G.P.A. or above) while nineteen members achieved Merit Roll status (3.0-3.49 G.P.A.). Fifty-five percent of the Brooklyn High School Class of 2021 plans on attending a post-secondary institution this fall. Through College Credit Plus, a program which allows high school students to earn both high school and college credit for coursework, the Class of 2021 earned a total of 554 college credit hours! Approximately 35% of graduating seniors earned a career portfolio from Polaris Career Center and will be continuing their education or entering the workforce. Five members of the Class of 2021 plan on enlisting in the United States Armed Forces upon graduation.
On behalf of the Brooklyn City Schools, congratulations to the Class of 2021 and best wishes for continued success in your future endeavors! And remember, you will always be a Hurricane!