The Columbus Theater in Providence sparkled with balloons, glittered mortarboards, and floral tributes as Paul Cuffee School’s third commencement class graduated from the Upper School last week. Ten graduates proudly bore tassels denoting them as honors graduates and five were marked as being members of the STEMinists, a National Association of Biology Teachers accredited biology club.
Special guest, the Honorable Jorge O. Elorza, Mayor of Providence, urged the graduates to “never forget where you’ve come from and never think you’ve done this alone,” encouraging the students to be grateful to their families, teachers, and supporters for getting them to this academic milestone.
Keynote speaker, Sixcia Divine, a Providence native with a background very much like most of the students, and now an international business consultant, spoke to the students about using their past struggles to prepare and galvanize themselves for the future. She encouraged students to believe in themselves, to overcome barriers, and to stretch their own limits.
The Class of 2016 will have exciting opportunities to do just that. With more than 40 colleges and universities, some local and some far-flung, accepting the 2016 Cuffee graduates, the majority have chosen to further their education.
List of Colleges PCS Students Have Been Accepted to:
Allegheny College, Anna Maria College, Bryant University, Clark University, Community College of Rhode Island, Cornell College, Curry College, Dean College, Eckerd College, Florida Southern College, Franklin Pierce University, Goucher College, Guilford College, University of Hartford, Illinois College, Johnson & Wales University (Providence), Lasell College, Lesley University, Lyndon State College, Manhattanville College, Merrimack College, Mitchell College, New College of Florida, New England College, University of New Haven, New England Institute of Technology, Providence College, Regis College, Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island, Rivier University, Roger Williams University, Saint Leo University, The College of Saint Rose, Salve Regina University, Southern New Hampshire University, Stonehill College, Thomas College, Wheaton College MA, Wheeling Jesuit University