Graduating seniors from Carmen Schools of Science and Technology exhibit their Future Panther yard indicators on Friday throughout a college signing day occasion at the Klotsche Center at UWM. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

Carmen high school seniors Adrian Mcintosh and Natalia Torres proudly waved their Future Panther indicators as they celebrated at the Klotsche Center on Friday, May 20.

More than 300 graduating seniors from Carmen Schools of Science and Technology celebrated the faculties’ first-ever Senior Signing Day, with drum rolls, high power cheering, music, dancing and scholarship and honors bulletins. The occasion gave the seniors the chance to share their plans for college and careers with workers, household and pals, plus roughly 2,000 youthful Carmen college students. Students wore T-shirts highlighting their training and profession plans.

Emily Gillingham, neighborhood relations coordinator for WaterStone Bank, stands with three Carmen college students who obtained scholarships from the financial institution: Genesis Cintron, Neveah Fox and Alexandra Aguilar. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

Carmen has three high faculties positioned round Milwaukee. Seniors shall be transferring on to 141 universities and faculties in Wisconsin and nationwide, to careers and the army. UWM was the selection of a large group of seniors, one of many causes the celebration was held on the college campus.

“We have UWM’s Alberto Maldonado (director of the Roberto Hernández Center) on our board, and when we were looking for a location, he invited us to have the signing event on campus,” stated Jennifer Lopez, CEO of the Carmen Schools.

UWM Chancellor Mark Mone welcomed the scholars. “This is a terrific event to have on campus,” he stated.

He advised the scholars about his personal determination to attend college and the distinction it made in his life and that it might make in theirs. He famous a number of of UWM’s completed alumni, together with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and actor Willem Dafoe – UWM’s May graduation speaker this yr – and native leaders of the Latinx neighborhood akin to Maldonado and Ricardo Diaz, former govt director of the United Community Center.

Torres stated she selected UWM as a result of she favored campus and the affordability. Mcintosh stated, “I liked the campus and people I met here.”

The occasion was the fruits of a number of difficult years for the seniors, stated Carmen Chief College Officer Beth Mesrobian.

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our students have had to manage school and other demands that few other graduating classes have ever had to navigate.”