On June 9, the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) Class of 2020 celebrated their graduation. As Trinity College’s partner school, the graduation ceremony is usually held on the Trinity campus. Due to restrictions on in-person events, HMTCA teachers and staff instead organized the graduation ceremony online and by car at the Learning Corridor located across the street from Trinity College.
Starting at noon, the virtual graduation ceremony included a number of speakers (See virtual graduation link here or video below). Principal Julie Goldstein kicked off the ceremony with her call to commencement. Students then offered a number of speeches and performances including Genesis Ramirez (National Anthem), Gloria Torres (Student Reflection), and Lola Kovalski (Senior Class Poem). (See full program here.)
The keynote speaker was Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. President Berger-Sweeney offered a story based on her family history about perseverance and generational uplift. Finally, school counselors read each graduating student’s name with their picture on the screen.
Later that afternoon, HMTCA students and families participated in a diploma ceremony in transit. Students arrived in cars with their family to hear their name as a graduate, pick up a parting gift, and collect their diploma while having their photo taken on stage with social distance from the crowd.
Students and families decorated their cars, trucks, and jeeps as well as their graduation caps through the Learning Corridor campus, which was a city bus depot many decades ago. Lasting more than two hours, the graduation in transit was a way for students to enjoy their moment and to see many of their teachers and classmates after several months of their senior year being physically restricted for months due to COVID-19.
We wish the HMTCA graduates much luck on their next steps in college and work. And thank you to the HMTCA teachers, staff, and families for all their support of these graduates (full list below).
(Producer: Elissa Brauman)
HMTCA Graduates of the Class of 2020