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Doral College celebrated its sixth commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 22nd at the InterContinental at Doral Miami, with a reception for graduates and their guests taking place beforehand. The Class of 2019 celebrated 49 graduates from seven affiliate high schools—City of Hialeah Educational Academy, Doral Academy Preparatory School, iMater Middle/High School, Mater Academy Charter High School, Mater Lakes Academy Charter High, Somerset Academy Jefferson County, and Somerset Academy Chapel Trail.
Like the classes before it, graduates of this class have already accomplished impressive things. All 49 of them will go onto continued post-secondary study, with many studying at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, including Harvard University, MIT, Princeton University, Georgetown University, Duke University, Columbia University, and Emory University, in addition to various Florida state universities. The Class of 2019 also produced impressive, well-researched Interdisciplinary Capstone Projects exploring important concepts in society, from social media memes and their influence on consumer spending, to exploring physical activity as a treatment for anxiety disorders.
This impressive group includes first generation college students, AP scholars, National Merit scholars, and so much more. They have been awarded over half a million dollars in scholarship funds from organizations including the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, the National Hispanic Merit Scholarship Fund, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Burger King Scholars, the Ford Salute to Education Scholarship, the Bill Gates Scholarship Fund, the Key Club Endowment Fund Scholarship, the Rubicam Youth award, and the Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholarship, in addition to numerous school-based scholarship programs.
This year, the College was honored to welcome the Mayor of the City of Doral, Juan Carlos Bermudez as its commencement speaker. Mayor Bermudez was the city’s founding mayor and served in that capacity for the first 9 1/2 years of the city’s existence. He was re-elected as Mayor of Doral in 2016.
Over 275 guests attended the event, including the graduates and their families, affiliate school administrators and staff, and local community partners.