On June 26, 2012, Brooklyn Generation School held its second commencement at the Brooklyn Museum with 39 students graduating.
At the graduation, Lydia Colón Bomani, Principal, shared: “I am humbled and grateful for having had the privilege of sharing this moment in time with you. Thank you for sharing your lives and your stories, these amazing and diverse “tales” of courage, passion, strength, fortitude, determination, endurance and resilience. Thank you for allowing me into your lives to assist you in reaching this goal. You are my inspiration. Go tell your story. Go be great and inspire others to be great! I love and cherish you.”
At the heart of the graduation were the inspirational stories of six graduates — Joshua Baker, Yashua Clemons, Tanneice Gonzales, Shekina Hernandez, Cherissa Vincent, Fabian Walker — who shared their personal journeys with those family, friends, BGS faculty, Generation Schools board and staff gathered together to celebrate.
Among the graduates, 85% have made their college plans. Nearly 40 percent will attend four-year colleges and universities in a total of four states. This includes seven students who plan on attending Monroe College with whom BGS has a solid partnership.
Just under half of BGS graduates plan on matriculating at The City University of New York (11 will attend four-year schools and 7 will enroll at community colleges).
Six students have not yet made their college plans, and BGS anticipates that six additional students will join their peers and graduate in August following the State Regents exams.
As of June 26th, The Class of 2012 plans to matriculate in the following colleges and universities:
• Guilford College (NC)
• Lincoln Technical Institute (NJ)
• Long Island University
• Manhattanville College
• Marshall University (WV)
• Monroe College (7 students)
• Pace University
• SUNY Buffalo
• SUNY Cobleskill
CUNY (Four-year colleges):
• Baruch College
• Brooklyn College (2 students)
• College of Staten Island
• Lehman College
• Medgar Evers College (4 students)
• New York City College of Technology (2 students)
CUNY (Community colleges):
• Borough of Manhattan Community College (2 students)
• Kingsborough (3 students)
• Queensborough (2 students)