Sunday, January 24, 2021
Milwaukee Public Schools has honored 149 students who completed graduation requirements during the fall semester and earned the right to wear a cap and gown. The district released a virtual graduation video on January 23, 2021, on the district YouTube channel to celebrate the occasion.
Graduates represented 17 schools in the district: Bay View, Grandview, Groppi, Rufus King, Madison, Marshall, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Milwaukee Virtual, Obama, Project Stay, Pulaski, Riverside, South Division, Transition, Vincent, Washington, and Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning.
New graduate Javier Johnson shared his nontraditional pathway to graduation. “I became eligible for graduation due to my hard work and dedication while attending Wisconsin Challenge Academy. I have a vision impairment but I chose to do the best I could physically and academically, and I received the Outstanding Character and Never Give Up awards. My post graduation plans are to find work, preferably in a fitness center so I can become a personal trainer. With my visual limitations, I would like to help others with limitations train, gain confidence, and embrace fitness.
“Graduation is special because all my life, I've been told what I couldn't do. I knew that I wanted to graduate at 18 years old and I have now accomplished that goal. My path was not easy—leaving my family for five months to live on a military base with a bunch of strangers, celebrating my 18th birthday with my platoon, going through days of hard work mentally and physically, and finishing with new friends and a new sense of discipline. Hard work and challenging myself have led me to this moment.”
Along with diplomas, every graduate will receive an MPS Alumni pin representing their membership in the MPS Forever Family. Graduates are encouraged to stay connected with their schools as they advance through their careers.
MPS is proud to present these students with diplomas and send them on their personal journeys ready for college and career.