Like many graduating seniors around the world, Winton Woods High School’s Class of 2020 graduates celebrated their final months of high school in a remote, virtual experience. Hundreds of families, friends, and loved ones from around the country tuned into the Virtual Commencement exercise that was held on May 30 to watch their Warrior graduates become alumni of our illustrious district. Superintendent Anthony G. Smith was intentional in making sure this one-hour graduation special was one to remember. “We are proud of our students' achievements and are excited for their future endeavors. We are confident we have prepared them to be future ready.”
The virtual commencement included the Pledge of Allegiance by class president Tajammal Hill; and speeches by Valedictorian Matthew Bernardo, Salutatorian Isaiah Smith, Principal Eric L. Martin, and Superintendent Smith. Board President Dr. Viola E. Johnson conferred the graduates. Tijah Griggs gave a rousing speech as the student-selected speaker at this year’s commencement. This tradition of a student-selected speaker has been supported by students and staff for several years. Lastly, an award-winning virtual performance by the Varsity Ensemble, directed by Ms. Beth Miller, as well as a special video of encouraging words from their former teachers and members of the high school staff capped the Saturday afternoon’s commemorative event. “I am so excited to see what the future holds for the class of 2020,” said Principal Eric L. Martin. “This is an extremely special group. The class of 2020 reached graduation during an unprecedented pandemic. One of the major factors of project based learning is we work diligently to prepare our students how to deal with adversity. We believe that this preparation will mold them into becoming powerful advocates of change in our society. I cannot wait to see them execute their plans that will lead them towards greatness. Congratulations to our Winton Woods High School Class of 2020! Your heroic moments will shine forever!”
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods High School Valedictorian Matthew Bernado speaking at the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Photo by Drew Jackson.