Celebrating our Seniors

The Graded Gazette

Congratulations to Graded's Class of 2022, a special group of 103 caring, intelligent, hopeful, and passionate individuals who have impacted the Graded community in immeasurable ways. 

During their last week as high school students, the Class of 2022 participated in Senior Week, a week of activities and festivities culminating in a graduation ceremony. From Monday, May 23 to Friday, May 27, seniors attended counseling sessions; Graduation rehearsals; an alumni panel; a pool party; a quiz night; the traditional Bell Ceremony and Parade, during which students wore crazy hats of their choice; and the Awards Ceremony, at which individual students were recognized for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements. 

The beautiful Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 28, at 1:00 pm in the Athletics Center. Student and faculty speakers inspired the crowd, and a quintet of senior vocalists and instrumentalists provided a musical interlude. 

All of our graduates earned an American Diploma. Eighty-four graduated with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and 64 with IB, American, and Brazilian Diplomas. One by one, the Graded seniors crossed the stage and became proud Graded alumni. They will be missed (or "MI22ED," as their senior hoodies read), but they leave behind many memories and a beautiful legacy statement:

The Class of 2022 was shaped by the pandemic, but we are not defined by it. Our journey has been both challenging and rewarding, and we are wiser and stronger because of it. We encourage you to embrace your own journey.

Worth is not found in a number, like a grade or a salary, but rather is found in the connections you make with others. Invest in the people around you. 

Life is filled with so much we can’t control, so learn to appreciate every moment. 

Sometimes those moments might be filled with adversity: face those with poise. 

Sometimes those moments may be frustrating: persevere. 

Sometimes those moments will inspire you: chase your dreams. 

Seize every opportunity because some don’t come around twice. 

We as the Class of 2022 want you to: 

Be kind.

Enact change.

Keep smiling.

And take it one step at a time. 

—Class of 2022