FSDB Celebrates 104th Commencement Ceremony


Walter C. Blackmon

The 104th Commencement Ceremony for the Classes of 2018 was held on May 18, 2018, just after the Senior Awards Ceremony, at the Claude R. Kirk, Jr. Auditorium on the FSDB campus. FSDB Board of Trustees Chair Christopher D. Wagner and FSDB President Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett gave welcoming remarks and congratulated graduates on their achievements.


Distinguished author, poet, and motivational speaker Walter C. Blackmon of Tallahassee provided remarks as guest speaker during the 104th FSDB Commencement Ceremony, sharing words of inspiration with 2018 graduates from across the state of Florida as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives. Blackmon, who graduated from FSDB in 1991, has proven time and again that the achievement of success is attainable no matter the odds. What drives him most is helping individuals reach that next step at becoming their “very best.” Large or small, he engages his audiences with sincerity and purpose that lifts spirits and causes minds to flow freely with unlimited positivity, belief, and self-worth.


Special honors were bestowed upon Valedictorian Avery Daniel Hutchison and Salutatorian Mackenzie Rose Newman of the FSDB Blind High School Class of 2018, as well as Valedictorian DeanJames Garcia D’Angelo and Salutatorian Cassandra Abigale Medina of the FSDB Deaf High School Class of 2018. Both valedictorians addressed their respective classes – see links below for live stream archive.



You dreamt, you believed, you strived, and you achieved. You are an inspiration to all of us – well done. Congratulations on your graduation day. All of us at FSDB wish you the best of success!

Blind High School Graduates


Milliken Lee Bartlett – St. Augustine

Diamond Sharonda Caldwell – Apollo Beach

Rodney Tyre Cheathem – Deland

Rey Cubas Cardona – Hialeah

Shavanna Kayelee Davis – Jacksonville

Jacquelin Gutiérrez – Homestead

Avery Daniel Hutchison – Keystone Heights (Valedictorian)

Kenneth Alberto Jiménez – Hollywood

Perrii Nastassja Le’Shay Lee – Gainesville

Meliza María Lorenzo – Indiantown

Kiana Montes – Greenacres

Taylor Marie Muske – Punta Gorda

Mackenzie Rose Newman – Green Cove Springs (Salutatorian)

Eric Humberto Ortiz, Jr. – Miami

Angie Alexis Rembis – Orlando

Nicholas Austin Roberts – Boca Raton

Brittany Alysia Russell – Tavares