Whitney Hernandez was one of more than 200 graduates who received their diploma at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Aug. 6. The commencement address was delivered by Superintendent Heath E. Morrison, his first at CMS.
Hernandez is a graduate of West Mecklenburg High. She is the first of her family to earn her high school diploma, and it nearly didn’t happen.
She had always done well in school, earning good grades and aiming for a career. In her senior year, she became distracted.
“I lost track of my grades,” Hernandez said. “I got a job and my friends pulled me in different directions.”
It was just enough to divert Hernandez from her school work and her plans to graduate with her class.
“I was taking my education for granted,” Hernandez said. “I realized that I don’t want a job that pays $7.25 an hour for the rest of my life. I got motivated. I worked hard and didn’t get discouraged.”
Because of her perseverance, Hernandez received her diploma and is pursuing a career in clinical nursing. She is excited to continue her education at CPCC this fall.
Hernandez held her head high as Dr. Morrison delivered his remarks, words that so closely mirrored the story of many summer graduates.“Each of you took the road less traveled,” Morrison said. “You set your sights on achieving your high school diploma and here you are. Congratulations on the milestone we are here to celebrate with you, today.”