The Black Parents Association Presents

36th Annual Baccalaureate Ceremony and Scholarship Award Program

The Black Parents Association is proud to celebrate the Class of 2021 in a special ceremony to recognize the graduating Black+ students in the San Mateo Union High School District, Crystal Springs Upland School, and Serra High School. This intimate ceremony for family, friends, community, and educators provides unified support and encouragement to the graduates as they embark on the next phase of their educational journey or work experience. In celebrating their academic achievement and accomplishments, we encompass recognition, reflection and cultural pride. The BPA also honors the Class of 2021 with scholarship awards as a part of this celebration and the recipients will be named during the presentation. Today is your day, Class of 2021. You’ve earned it!

The Program

  • Welcome
  • The Negro National Anthem by Miss Washington
  • Student High School Reflection
  • The College Experience
  • Keynote Message by Sunni Patterson
  • Presentation of Scholarship Awards
  • Introduction of Class of 2021
  • Closing Remarks

Sunni Patterson

New Orleans Native and Visionary, Sunni Patterson, is an internationally acclaimed Poet, Performer, Workshop Facilitator, Certified Spiritual Life Coach/Consultant, and an Initiated Priestess. She began her career as a full-time high school Teacher, and much of her life since has been devoted to serving as a Cultural Worker and Activist. Armed with an engaging story and voice, Sunni deliberately uses art, poetry, and praise (Ancestral remembrance) to encourage dialogue, connectivity, spiritual awareness, and healing. Sunni is also co-founder, along with Scientist and Atmospheric Chemist, Cherelle Blazer, of Environmental Arts and Public Health Organization, Breath is Lyfe.

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