2017-09-13 / Front Page

Veritas Academy, QHSLS Hold Graduation Ceremonies At Queens College

Veritas Academy celebrated its very first graduating class at Queens College. The graduation ceremony marked Veritas Academy becoming a complete 9-12 school as the school opened four years ago with only 120 students and four classrooms, each additional year adding a new grade. The graduation ceremony was at the LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College and it was the perfect venue for parents and faculty to witness students receiving their diplomas.
Also in attendance was the Deputy Chancellor of the Department of Education Milady Baez, Queens High Schools Superintendent Elaine Lindsey and special guests Don Catalpi (community liaison), Charles Amundsen (CUNY Instructional Specialist) and Rhenaye Hornsby (St. John’s professor and former Principal).
Queens High School for Language Studies also graduated its first class at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall on June 27. In 2013, QHSLS opened as a new school on the Flushing Educational Campus, together with Veritas Academy. 95% of QHSLS’s pioneering first class graduated with Regents and Advanced Regents diplomas, and 100% of QHSLS’s graduates are attending post-secondary schools. With this ceremony, the school marked the completion of its growth, now serving over 400 students in grades 9-12. QHSLS serves a large immigrant community, with 25-50% of its seats reserved for Chinese-speaking students learning English. English-proficient students, hailing from diverse ethnic backgrounds, commit to taking four years of Mandarin Chinese as a new language in addition to the full high school curriculum.
NYC Councilman Peter Koo and NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky were key note speakers at the ceremony. Class valedictorian, Kevin Kao echoed their remarks about community and promise: “Combining our future education, our sincere attitude to serve people, and our compassion towards the less fortunate in the world, I firmly believe that we can all improve quality of life. My fellow classmates, I wish you the best of luck on whatever endeavor you pursue, I praise whatever bold challenge you prevail in, and I cheer for whatever dream your heart desires.”

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