I GRADUATED TODAY!!!! I may not have finished the quickest, but I finished. I may not have had the biggest fan club there cheering for me, but I guarantee I had the best. I am trans and I have now graduated from college with my Bachelors!!!
I graduated yesterday from my beloved HBCU, Johnson C. Smith University, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in visual and performing arts (studio art concentration). I am undocumented and I attended on a full merit scholarship and graduated with the highest GPA in the visual and performing arts department. ¡Si se pudo! Never be afraid to follow your dreams even if you think they are impossible.
“To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst” is what I would describe my journey throughout college.
During my sophomore I was extremely stressed from school/work that I ended up losing my scholarship. My stress got so bad that it led me to depression & trying to kill myself on March 19th , 2015 . Nobody knew I was dealing with these problems because I was the type of person who always had a smile on my face everyday but that all changed for me because I am EXTREMELY blessed that I was able to have another opportunity to live and make it to see this day that I work extremely hard for.
I’m just SO proud of myself that I have overcome my depression and was able to stay focus & most importantly graduate ON TIME. I know I am still a working progress but just know I am a BEAUTIFUL EDUCATED BLACK QUEEN who can overcome anything thrown my way & will achieve all the goals I have lined up for myself👩🏽🎓 ✨🙌🏾
Today is College Signing Day and we’re working with the White House to celebrate all graduating seniors and inspire more young people to Reach Higher and enroll in higher education.
Additionally, choosing a degree within a STEM (Science, Math, Engineering and Technology) field enables the United States to remain the global economic and technological leader. We feel that it’s our duty to help inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and astronauts.
It’s important that each and every student feels empowered and equipped with the knowledge to solve tough problems, evaluate evidence and analyze information. These are all skills students can learn through studying a subjects in STEM.
College is one of the stepping stones to many careers, including becoming an astronaut! Here are a few of our astronauts on their college graduation day, along with their astronaut portrait.
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley Graduate: University of Houston Astronaut Class: 1996
Whether you want to be an astronaut, an engineer or the administrator of NASA, a college education opens a universe of possibilities:
Administrator Charles Bolden
Here, Administrator Bolden wears the jersey of Keenan Reynolds, a scholar athlete who graduates from the Naval Academy this year. His jersey is on its way to the college football hall of fame. Bolden holds a drawing of himself as a midshipman in the Navy.
Deputy Administrator Dava Newman
Deputy Administrator Dava Newman sports her college shirt, along with Lisa Guerra, Technical Assistant to the Associate Administrator. Both women studied aerospace engineering at Notre Dame.