The 73 members of the University High School of Science and Engineering’s Class of 2014 will receive their diplomas at the school’s graduation ceremony, being held on Thursday, June 12, at 5 p.m., in Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.
Everyone in the UHSSE Class of 2014, known as Prodigy Class, plans on attending a two- or four-year college or university. More than 75 percent of the graduates (56 students) have already earned some college credits, including one student (Nicholas Wollmann) who will enter the University of Hartford this fall as a junior in computer science because he has already earned 73 credits. Another student has earned 57 college credits and a third has earned 43 credits while at UHSSE.
Among the colleges and universities that the graduates plan to attend are Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cornell University Boston University, University of Connecticut, Hawaii-Pacific University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Clark University, among others. In addition, six members of the Class of 2014 will be attending the University of Hartford this fall.
Scheduled speakers at the graduation ceremony include UHSSE alum Carlos Alexander Velazquez, who graduated from UHSSE in 2010 and Trinity College in 2014; class president Victoria Olakojo, senior Jose Ortiz, who was selected as Prodigy Class speaker; UHSSE Principal Martin Folan, and University of Hartford President Walter Harrison.
Since its founding in 2004, University High School has received several highly prestigious national awards, including being named a Magnet School of Distinction in 2014, a Magnet School of Excellence in 2013, 2012, and 2008; being named one of the Best High Schools in America in 2011 and 2010 by U.S. News & World Report; and winning a Sir Isaac Newton Award for Achievements in Science award in 2011. In addition, UHSSE Principal Martin Folan was named Magnet Principal of the Year for Region 1, which encompasses the New England states, New York and New Jersey.
The University High School of Science and Engineering is a partnership between the University of Hartford and the Hartford Public Schools. Its curriculum is based on the “Early College” model, in which qualified students can take college courses and earn credits for college while still in high school. UHSSE graduating classes have consistently had an acceptance rate to colleges and universities of 95 percent or better.