“You have so much to offer, teach others and contribute. Go out there and live your best life and don’t let anyone tell you no.”
That inspiring message from Susan Holt, Ivymount School Director, kicked off the commencement ceremony of the Post High School – School to Work and Endeavors School Programs on Tuesday.
The event celebrated students’ achievements at Ivymount and their plans for post-secondary education, work, and volunteering. Numerous special guests delivered congratulations and words of wisdom, beginning with former student Jeremiah Bland, who graduated from Ivymount in 2021. Graduates also heard from Ivymount School Board president Dan Hall, Maryland Senator Mark Zucker and Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, Montgomery County Council Councilmembers Andrew Friedson and Gabe Albornoz, and County Executive Marc Elrich. They each congratulated the graduates, welcomed them to participate in their communities, and encouraged all to keep advocating for their needs.
The Aspire Program held an on-site commencement ceremony on Monday, welcoming a full house of family members, guests, staff and students in the all purpose room. Five students were awarded certificates of completion and 10 students were awarded high school diplomas. Each student made remarks about their favorite part of high school, advice for other high school students, and their plans for next year. Then it was “caps off” as they celebrated their milestones with their families.
Ivymount trailblazer forged community partnerships and enriched the lives of students and families.