Willamette Academy celebrates the achievements of 17 graduates

by University Communications,

On May 24, Willamette Academy will celebrate 17 academy students who are graduating from high school.

The commencement ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in Hudson Hall of the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

Daniel P. Santos, associate dean for student affairs and administration at the Willamette University College of Law, will give the commencement speech. The student speaker is Brenda Rivera from McKay High School.

This year’s graduates have received thousands of dollars in scholarship funding to attend the college of their choice in the fall.

The largest ever cohort of academy students chose to attend Willamette University, with seven students enrolled so far. Other schools the students plan to attend include Oregon State University, Linfield College and the University of Rochester.

Scholarships awarded to the students include the Kaiser Health Care Career Scholarship, Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship, Cesar Chavel Leadership Scholarship, Dorothy Patch Memorial Scholarship and the Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Award, as well as numerous institutional scholarships and awards.

Willamette Academy is a supplemental education college-access program that helps underrepresented students become the first in their families to attend college. The academy serves local students from their eighth-grade year through their high school graduation.

Contact Michele Gray at mgray@willamette.edu for more information.