Celebrating the Class of 2022

Meet the 21 newest graduates from Grace Emmanuel School.

The seniors at Grace Emmanuel School celebrated the completion of their high school education with joyful hearts at their graduation on June 30, despite another school year fraught with instability.

Surrounded by classmates, friends, and family, these hardworking students gave speeches, sang, danced and performed a humorous, yet meaningful, skit about the current kidnapping situation and the importance of education for the future of Haiti. 

Meet the graduates

Throughout the year, we’ve introduced you to some of the members of the Class of 2022, but they all deserve to be celebrated. Keep reading for a brief intro to each graduate and his/her hopes for the future. Congratulations, graduates!

Berline

Village: Cabaret
Started at GES:  2007
Age: 21
Lives with: mom and dad
Future plans: surgeon

“I will leave this stage and go onto the next…I want to help my family in every sense. I would also like to help my school and the country.”

Bétina

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2010
Age: 23
Lives with: grandma
Future plans: nurse

“The biggest thing I’ve learned in school is how to live as brothers. I learned that you can live well with others that aren’t your family, or live in the same place, or aren’t loving.”

Clervenson

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2017
Age: 21
Lives with: mom
Future plans: teacher

“What I will never forget about this school is how people took care of us and were always here for us. After I graduate, I will always continue learning… to become a great teacher so I can help those in need.”

Daphcar

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2014
Age: 22
Lives with: mom
Future plans: nurse

“I feel proud that I will graduate… My teachers taught me so much that will serve me in the future. I will never forget the way they treated the students.”

Djemie

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2019
Age: 20
Lives with: mom
Future plans: go to university

“Despite every problem and difficulty that I have encountered because of the situation in the country, I am here by the grace of God…I will never forget the way the director motivated us every day to take our destiny into our own hands.”

Ervelika

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2019
Age: 19
Lives with: mom and dad
Future plans: go to medical school

“This last school year I felt good because I’m finishing up a chapter in my life. With that, I’ve felt sad too because I will be separated from all my friends.”

Gérald

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2013
Age: 26
Lives with: aunt
Future plans: technical school

“I will never forget that the school provided a bus for the kids. After graduation, I’d like to learn something technical to help me in my life. I would like to help my family advance economically.”

Jerry

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2012
Age: 20
Lives with: brother
Future plans: DJ

“I’ve learned if you have the will, you will make it in this life. What I’ll never forget about Grace Emmanuel School is seeing that if Haitians want to, they can work together to live.”

Julbenson

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2012
Age: 23
Lives with: mom and dad
Future plans: go to university or trade school

“I feel very happy because I have arrived at graduation. I will always love the school because it has done so much good for me and my family.”

Juvenson

Village: Cabaret
Started at GES:  2012
Age: 21
Lives with: grandma
Future plans: learn a trade and then study agronomy

“I would like to learn many things because I would like my family to live comfortably after lots of time in misery. I would like to help my country with education so every child is in school and not a gang.”

Ket Love

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2014
Age: 22
Lives with: aunt
Future plans: entrepreneur

“I would like to work so I can help my family with everything they need. I would like for the country to change and for my life to be beautiful in the future.”

Kingkino

Village: Cabaret
Started at GES:  2005
Age: 21
Lives with: mom
Future plans: learn a trade and work

“I learned many things in school, how to live with others and to always help other people who can’t help themselves. I will never forget the help the school gave me.”

Ludy

Village: Cabaret
Started at GES:  2017
Age: 24
Lives with: godmother
Future plans: learn a trade and work, then study medicine

“One thing I’ll never forget about Grace Emmanuel School is that it’s given me many advantages. It’s really a grace.”

Nephtalie

Village: Cabaret
Started at GES:  2007
Age: 19
Lives with: mom
Future plans: study psychology

“I’m happy because of the time I’ve spent in this school since first kindergarten through 13th grade. I’m happy I will graduate, and I feel proud too… I will never forget the beautiful moments spent with my friends in school.”

Pélandy

Village: Cabaret
Started at GES:  2015
Age: 20
Lives with: mom and dad
Future plans: continue his studies

“During every year in school, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is you must have a will and work hard for what you want, because life doesn’t give it to you as a gift.”

Shellmc

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2015
Age: 21
Lives with: dad
Future plans: study medicine

“I’ve learned many things and I’ll continue to learn. I’m very happy that I will graduate. Afterwards, I believe I will achieve the dreams I have to become a doctor.”

Smiley

Village: Lafiteau
Started at GES:  2019
Age: 22
Future plans: study network computers

“The biggest thing for me in school has been the camaraderie we’ve had in our class. I will never forget what I’ve learned about patience, love, respect, and more.”

Story

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2012
Age: 25
Future plans: professional school

“This last year I’ve been very happy because I will graduate, but I’m also very sad because I will leave the school…I’ll never forget the activities we’ve done, like the field trips.”

Valdo

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2012
Age: 23
Lives with: mom and dad
Future plans: electrical mechanical engineering

“The school has changed my life. It made me become a different person. I’m wise. I respect everyone.”

Weddy

Village: Source Matelas
Started at GES:  2015
Age: 25
Future plans: videography

“I’ve learned so many things in school. I’ve learned to live with the other students like brothers and sisters… I’ve learned to love others more each day.”

Wesner

Village: Cabaret
Started at GES:  2009
Age: 24
Lives with: mom and dad
Future plans: study medicine

“I feel happy because I will graduate…I will never forget the school… I would like to become a doctor so I can help my family and my country.”