The Most College Graduates in Philadelphia Futures History Recognized

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Philadelphia Futures celebrated its first in-person Graduation Celebration since 2019

Philadelphia Futures welcomed the Class of 2022 High School and Higher Education graduates and their guests back to an in-person celebration at the University of the Arts Gershman Hall: The Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium on Tuesday, June 7 at 7pm. Additionally, a livestream of the event was available to the entire Philadelphia Futures community to tune into. You can watch the livestream by clicking here (starts at 15 minute mark).

This event recognized close to 200 graduating high school seniors and students earning their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Rick Williams, 6abc News Anchor and Philadelphia Futures Board Member, served as the emcee for the occasion. 

One hundred percent of the Class of 2022 high school scholars graduated from high school and 98% will enroll in a degree program this fall. Thirty-six percent of high school graduates will receive $2.7 million in financial aid from Philadelphia Futures’ partner schools, which include Albright College, Arcadia University, Dickinson College, Drexel University, Franklin & Marshall College, Juniata College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, St. Joseph’s University, Penn State University, Temple University, and Villanova University. 

Eighty-six Philadelphia Futures students earned an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree (the most in Philadelphia Futures history!), and 60 students received degrees from Futures’ partner institutions. The first Albright College partnership students received their degrees this year. Of the students who completed their degrees in 2021, 90% were employed or in graduate school six months after graduating. 

The Graduation Celebration also included award announcements for the higher education graduates, which included the Changing the Story Award, the Marciene Mattleman Perseverance Award, and the Reach Higher Award, and a scholarship presentation for the high school graduates, totaling twelve scholarships and $180,000 (a record high). 

“We are overjoyed to have the opportunity to bring the Philadelphia Futures community together for our Graduation Celebration.  Our students have accomplished so much – in spite of all that has happened during their academic journey.  We look forward to highlighting the achievements of our high school and higher education graduates, said Sara Woods, President and CEO of Philadelphia Futures. This is a special moment for our community to come together again, in-person and via a live stream, to honor the dedication and perseverance of our incredible scholars.”

You can view the livestream of the 2022 Philadelphia Futures Virtual Graduation Celebration by clicking here. (starts at 15:00 mark) Be sure to also read through the Graduation Program to see where our high school graduates are heading to college, as well as short bios of the 86 higher education graduates. 


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