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