Congratulations to the Class of 2022!
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Doral College celebrates 9th graduating class with fanfare, joyful celebration!
Under the bright lights of the Miami Dade County Auditorium, Doral College proudly celebrated its 9th Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, May 17th. The college’s first in-person Commencement since 2019, this momentous occasion marked not only its largest class of Associate in Arts graduates, but also several other accomplishments, including the very first student to graduate from the college’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program. His story is one of groundbreaking achievement.
The Class of 2022 was 274 strong and the first to include non-dual enrollment graduates, comprised of former dual enrollment students and partner school employees. This small group represents an important new chapter in the history of the college, which is increasingly focusing efforts on expanding options for undergraduates. In addition, the college highlighted the achievements of one particular young man, 17-year-old Nathan Nieves of SLAM Boca, who became DC’s first baccalaureate graduate in completing his high school diploma, Associate in Arts degree, and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree simultaneously.
President Judy Marty described in detail the graduating class, explaining that its dual enrollment students come from 22 high schools in 7 counties across Florida, from cities as far north as Tallahassee and as far south as Key West. Nearly 76% of them graduated from Doral College with honors, of which the majority earned the distinction of Summa Cum Laude. In addition, several graduates were recognized individually, earning scholarship or academic excellence awards. Two graduates, Elizabeth Rodriguez of Colegiate Preparatory Academy and Citali Salas of Mater Lakes Academy High School were selected to address their fellow graduates, sharing thoughtful, eloquent remarks.
To everyone’s surprise, the ceremony closed with a party-style musical celebration including haze, a balloon drop, beachballs, and glowsticks. It was truly a night graduates will remember for years to come.
DC offers a special thanks to Bryan Avila, Speaker pro tempore of the Florida House of Representatives, for serving as the Keynote Speaker, and to the Mater Academy Middle/High School’s Wind Ensemble.
More about the Class of 2022…
Collectively, the Doral College Class of 2022 was accepted into 93 colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Oxford, NYU, MIT, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Fordham, UF, UM, FSU, FIU, and many others. In addition, they were active members of their high schools, serving as leaders in all areas of the school community. For example, 83% participated in at least one honor society, 56% in at least one extracurricular activity, and 26% in athletics. 68 are lifers, graduating from the same school system in which they began kindergarten. This is a class comprised of Student Government Association Officers, district champions, Valedictorians of their high school classes, and frequent community service volunteers.
23 of them are AP Scholars and 16 are Silver Knight Nominees. 15 of them are National Hispanic Scholars and 3 are National Merit Finalists. More than half of them have earned the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. As a class, they have amassed over 7.2 million dollars in amount of scholarship awards.
Partner High Schools graduating students in this class include:
COHEA Career and Collegiate Academy
Colegiate Preparatory Academy
Doral Academy Preparatory School
iMater Academy Middle High School
International Studies Charter High School
Mater Academy Charter High School
Mater Lakes Academy Charter High School
Pinecrest Glades Academy
Pinecrest Preparatory Academy
San Jose Preparatory Academy
Slam Boca Raton
Slam Palm Beach
Somerset Academy Central Miramar
Somerset Academy Charter High School
Somerset Academy Charter High School Chapel Trail
Somerset Academy Jefferson County
Somerset Canyons Academy
Somerset Island Prep
Somerset Preparatory Academy Homestead
Somerset Preparatory North Lauderdale