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ABCD University High School Celebrates the Class of 2024 

Keynote exhortation to graduates – use life’s challenges as a springboard to success 

Students from ABCD’s University High School (UHS) crossed the graduation stage with diplomas in hand and plans for the future. UHS, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, is ABCD’s alternative high school for Boston students ages 16 to 22 whose needs aren’t met in traditional settings. UHS operates in partnership with the Boston Public Schools – Boston Collaborative High School. The class of 2024 is off to a running start — all graduates are slated to continue their studies at local colleges in the fall and/or are employed full or part-time.

Grader Than CEO Harris Williams served as the UHS commencement speaker at the ABCD Thelma D. Burns Building. Williams recounted his own academic struggles as a student athlete at Boston College. “I had bad grades in college – C’s D’s and F’s. I wanted to be a neurologist. But I got an A in computer science. My success began with failure,” he said. “Accept the challenges that you’re facing so that you can move forward. The obstacle is the way. It gives you strength vs. defining your limitations. Stay hungry, stay curious and bring that spirit into this world.” See a complete list of the 2024 University High School graduating class here.

Williams is an educator and software engineer with a 12-year tenure as a full-stack developer, with proficiency in numerous programming languages. Through innovative teaching and a commitment to social equity through Grader Than, Harris is at the forefront of bridging the digital divide. His work emphasizes the importance of creating inclusive environments that foster a diverse and empowered generation of tech leaders. He envisions a future where technology education is a catalyst for social change, accessible to all and instrumental in shaping an equitable tech ecosystem.

An educational technology innovator, Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and an MBA from Boston College. He founded Mental Rep, a sports AI company that revolutionized football coaching, gaining international acclaim. He later turned to academia, becoming a computer science professor at Bunker Hill Community College and Boston College.

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Alex DouglasDorchesterRoxbury Community College/ Business
Jahsenica ParkerDorchesterFull time work + Bunker Hill Community 
College
Yazmine VegaDorchesterBunker Hill Community College/Sonography
Dajuanay ColonDorchesterABCD Career Explorations
Deana EuresDorchesterMassBay Community College
Julissa GrullonDorchesterSupervisor at Star Market/ Community 
College Fall 2025
Zhaniya “Ni” LewisDorchesterBunker Hill Community College/Sonography
D’Onie SanchezDorchesterContinuing career in culinary arts
Abigail BrownMattapanMassBay Community College
Aaliyah OviedoMattapanABCD Career Explorations
Ta’keeria Sherrod-GreeneMission HillFull-time/Brigham and Women’s Hospital + Bunker Hill Community College
Janijah Martin-WhiteHyde ParkMassBay Community College
Tech Syleena BorreroHyde ParkBunker Hill Community College
Jefferson BriceHyde ParkSeeking a career in construction
Darius RogersWest RoxburyFreelance computer programming
Felix SanchezWest RoxburyMassachusetts School of Barbering