Alexandria City Public Schools Celebrates Class of 2022, First Graduating Class from Alexandria City High School, at Commencement Ceremony
Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) returned to George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena on June 4, 2022 to host the 2022 Alexandria City High School (ACHS) graduation ceremony, “Ushering in a New Era.” ACPS leaders presented diplomas to 809 graduating seniors during the ceremony, which returned to its pre-pandemic venue for the first time since June 2019. The Titans Class of 2022 are the first students to graduate from ACHS after the school’s name change in July 2021.
“I am proud of our Class of 2022 Titan graduates and excited to celebrate them. We commend them for the hard work, dedication and resiliency that led them through the challenges of the past few years to reach their high school graduation. Their work ethic and resilience will serve these new graduates well as they experience life beyond high school and begin their next chapter to pursue their dreams, passions and goals,” said ACHS Executive Principal Peter Balas.
In addition to Balas, the commencement ceremony included remarks from Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., senior student speaker Ana Reyes Araujo, Student Government Association President Sabine Mead and Class of 2022 President Grace Williams. Students Erin Burns and Caroline Davenport sang the national anthem and Class of 2022 Treasurer Margaret Irvine presented the class gift, which will be funding for the Classes of 2023-2025. In attendance were Alexandria City School Board Chair Meagan L. Alderton and other Board members, as well as Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson and City Council members.
Before students lined up to receive their diplomas, Executive Principal Balas awarded a posthumous diploma to 18-year-old Luis Mejia Hernandez. Hernandez’s uncle, Guillermo Romero, accepted the certificate on his behalf.
“I want to congratulate the Titan Class of 2022. Their hard work and perseverance made them the first graduating class of our newly named Alexandria City High School, made possible by the students’ efforts and engagement in the award-winning Identity Project. We celebrate their achievement today and are grateful also, to all those who have helped them along the way. It is a proud moment for us all,” said Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.
Alexandria City High School Class of 2022 Facts:
- 562 members of this class have reported applying to a college or university (as of June 3, 2022)
- They will attend 98 colleges and universities
- 30 Titan athletes signed letters of intent to compete in collegiate athletics in nine sports
- 403 seniors (43% of the class) graduated with an Advanced Studies Diploma, the highest percentage of ACHS students to earn an Advanced Studies Diploma
- They are receiving $1,734,500 in merit scholarships awarded from the following organizations: HBCU Week Foundation, Inc., Questbridge College Match, POSSE Foundation, Akerson Family Foundation, Beat the Odds Program (BTO), Army ROTC, Alexandria Sportsman Club, Educational Opportunities for Alexandrians (EOA), United Fund (UNCF), Dell Scholars Program, Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) Foundation, Cooley-Moore Scholarship, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)
- 205 students received scholarships from the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria totaling $600,000 for their first year of college, to be renewed throughout their four years of study
- At this time, 22 students have indicated a commitment to serve in the U.S. military
- 30 seniors have planned gap years through the following organizations: Year Up, Americorps, employment/internships
- 15 students will attend trade schools to study technical, HVAC, dental assistant, electrical apprenticeship and automotive service trades
- Class diversity of the 809 graduates:
- Asian (non-Hispanic): 5.7%
- Black/African American (non-Hispanic): 25.4%
- Hispanic all races: 37.8%
- White/Non-Hispanic: 28%
- Multi (non-Hispanic): 2.9%
- American Indian/Alaska Native (non-Hispanic): 0%
Congratulations, Alexandria City High School Class of 2022!
Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) serves more than 15,400 students who hail from more than 110 countries and speak 121 languages. ACPS has 18 schools, including two middle schools, two K-8 schools, one pre-K school and the internationally recognized Alexandria City High School. ACPS is committed to putting racial equity at the heart of all decisions and ensuring that each and every student succeeds. Visit www.acps.k12.va.us.