See the Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony!
On Monday, May 23, 148 University City High School members of the class of 2022 received their diplomas amid music, speeches and the very special traditions of the District's annual commencement. The ceremony was held in Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University for the first time since 2019, after two years of disruptions caused by COVID-19. The return to Chaifetz provided plenty of room for family and friends to watch their loved ones step across the stage.
The sounds of the high school choir and band echoed in the rafters - along with the cheers of parents and friends.
The UCHS choir, led by Director Caroline Idnabdeljalil, sang the National Anthem and "Lift Every Voice and Sing." The UCHS band, led by Director Grace Fitter, accompanied the trained voices of the high school choir. Student commencement addresses shared hopes and dreams of a bright future and were delivered by 2022 graduates Yaniya Battle and Albert Smith Jr.
Ninety students from the class of 2022 will be attending two- and four-year colleges this fall, including Columbia College Chicago, Harris-Stowe State University, Missouri State University, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis Community College, Webster University, University of Missouri - Columbia, University of Missouri - Saint Louis, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Miami, and Pace University. The graduating class was awarded a record $7 million in academic scholarships from more than 150 different college acceptances.
Ten of the graduating seniors earned significant dual college credits that qualified them to further obtain an associates degree from Saint Louis Community College Forest Park in addition to their high school diploma. Nineteen students earned more than 12 hours of community college credit, and nine were recognized for receiving more than 30 credit hours.
In his speech to the students, Board of Education President Matt Bellows warned students that current systems of economic and social injustice are not normal and should make them feel uncomfortable. He encouraged students to take action against what makes them uncomfortable and any injustice they find in their futures. He told them to never stop the “unending quest for knowledge through a career, college, the military, or whatever else you may do. Do not look for a new normal. Do not look to be comfortable.”
This ceremony marked the introduction of these students to the long list of proud alumni from University City High School. Congratulations to the 2022 graduates!
The entire Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony can be viewed by clicking on the image at the top of this story.