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University High School of Science and Engineering graduation

Posted 06/07/2016
Posted by Sophia Olsen

91 members of the University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) Class of 2016 will receive their diplomas at the school’s graduation ceremony. 

Nearly every member of the UHSSE Class of 2016, known as the Dynasty Class, has been accepted to a two- or four-year college or university, with most planning to attend beginning in the fall of 2016. Five members of the Class of 2016 plan to attend the University of Hartford in the fall (Jean-Luc Dube, Andrew Baronian, Nickway Brown, Andrew Classen, and Sophia Portal). Nikway Brown, a Hartford resident, is eligible for a half-tuition scholarship through the University of Hartford’s Hartford Scholars Program. This scholarship started in 1990 and provides half-tuition to high school graduates from the city of Hartford. Additional colleges and universities the graduates plan to attend include: Boston University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University, Hamilton College, Springfield College, American International College, Keene State, and Monmouth University.

A number of students in the UHSSE Class of 2016 earned full or partial scholarships to college totaling nearly $2 million. Also of note, seven of the graduates are Hartford Promise Scholars: Laura DeSousa, Amanda Harris, Johanna Vicenty-Medina, Jovanni Vicenty-Medina, Shanee Clunie, Jade Alphonse, and Jaden Innis. The Hartford Promise Scholarship provides students with up to $20,000 in scholarships as well as career-planning and networking opportunities. To qualify for a Promise Scholarship, a student must attend a Hartford Public High School continuously since ninth grade, be a Hartford resident throughout high school, have a 93 percent or better cumulative attendance record during high school, and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale in high school.

University High School of Science and Engineering is located on the University of Hartford campus and is a partnership between the University and Hartford Public Schools. UHSSE’s curriculum is based on the “Early College” model, in which qualified students can take college courses and earn credits for college while still in high school. Some of the graduates earned up to 50 credits, which allows them to start at sophomore or junior level depending on the university or college they are accepted to.