The 90 members of the University High School of Science and Engineering (UHSSE) Class of 2015 will receive their diplomas at the school’s graduation ceremony, on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m., in Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.
Nearly every member of the UHSSE Class of 2015, known as Infinity Class, plans to attend a two- or four-year college or university or to join the military. Three members of the Class of 2015 plan to attend the University of Hartford this fall and three other students plan to attend international colleges in England and Canada. Of significance is the fact that University High School senior George Davis will be the first UHSSE student from among the school’s eight graduating classes to receive an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy. Additional colleges and universities the graduates plan to attend include: Cornell University, University of Connecticut, Williams College, Rutgers University, Bucknell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Hofstra University, among others.
A number of students in the UHSSE Class of 2015 earned full or partial scholarships to college resulting in total scholarships earned by the class being nearly $2.5 million. (The three students attending the University of Hartford will each receive a half-tuition scholarship under the University’s Hartford Scholars program.) Also of note, senior Omar Amer received the National Achievement Scholarship and seniors Caroline Accurso, Andrew Aramini, and Jake Kean were National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
About 80 percent of the students in UHSSE’s Class of 2015 earned college credits by taking courses at the University of Hartford and other higher education institutions while attending UHSSE. As a whole, the Class of 2015 earned more than 1,000 credit hours. UHSSE’s 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.
University High School of Science and Engineering, which was founded as a partnership between the Hartford Public Schools and the University of Hartford, is run by the Hartford Public Schools and is located on the University of Hartford campus.
Scheduled speakers at the graduation ceremony include: Class President Matthew Edson, senior Dexter Amadasun, who was selected as Infinity 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 Magnet School of Distinction in 2014, a Secondary Schools’ Merit Award of Excellence in 2012, Magnet School of Excellence in 2013, 2012, and 2008; listed as one of the Best High Schools in America in 2011 and 2010 by U.S. News & World Report; and winner of the Sir Isaac Newton Award for Achievements in Science award in 2011. In addition, UHSSE Principal Martin Folan was named a 2014 Magnet Principal of the Year for Region 1, which encompasses the New England states, New York and New Jersey.