GateWay Early College High School Celebrates Class of 2024 Graduates

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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The GateWay Early College High School (GWECHS) proudly announces the Spring 2024 Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2024 graduates. The ceremony will be available to livestream on YouTube or in person at the Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. GWECHS provides students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree, enough college credits to enter a four-year university as a junior, or a Certificate of Completion in a professional and technical area.

The ceremony is a moment of pride for students who have earned their high school diploma and those students who concurrently completed a college degree or certificate. GateWay congratulates all the graduates on their hard work and dedication, and wishes them continued success as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

"As we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2024, I am filled with immense pride and admiration for these seniors. Beginning their high school journey during the height of a global pandemic, they faced unprecedented challenges, navigating a fully virtual environment with determination and grit,” shared GWECHS Interim Principal Blas Guillen. “In their sophomore year, they finally came together in person, forging new relationships and building a supportive community. Their ability to adapt, persevere, and thrive is a testament to their resilience and strength. I am confident they will continue to achieve great things, and I cannot wait to see what they accomplish in the future.”

Graduate Highlights

Sumaya Abdulahi Abdi—Active on the high school and college student councils, Sumaya ensured students had a voice. She is proud to identify as a first-generation student and immigrant from a family with no academic background and be part of a sibling group pursuing higher education.

Titus Paul Agnew—Accepted to over 40 colleges and universities, many offering full-ride scholarships, Titus chose to stay at Arizona State University (ASU) to pursue a medical degree, inspired by his desire to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the heart condition that affected his grandfather.

Irvyn Hurtado Amavizva—His work experience as a student volunteer gave him organizational and support skills, which have prepared him for future endeavors.

Char Awejok—Emigrated from Sudan at a young age and is now pursuing Biomedical Science at ASU, motivated by her mother's example of hard work and dedication.

Jacqueline Corrales—She will attend Northern Arizona University to study nursing. Although she struggled with managing time and her life, GateWay's Achieving a College Education (ACE) program helped her discover her abilities in managing her time and focusing on success.

Melanie Florentino—Her family tries to eat together three times a day, and she credits her family's support as a critical factor in her success. She will continue her education at GateWay, focusing on Nuclear Medicine and Computer Tomography.

Edwin Lizarraga— Grew independently from his twin through Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes, developing his abilities and support network. He discovered independence and networking opportunities and excelled in college courses without relying on his twin brother.

Alondra Perez—Found her calling as a classroom tutor for 9th-grade AVID students, which helped her overcome extreme shyness. Tutoring also taught her to advocate for herself and others.

GateWay Early College High School is proud of these remarkable students and looks forward to celebrating their achievements at the upcoming graduation ceremony. To learn more about GateWay Early College High School, visit