On May 27, 2021, MAC Scholars were recognized at the thirty-seventh annual Farmworker Student Recognition Ceremony. Despite the hurdles presented by the pandemic, MAC decided to recognize the 2021 high school and college graduates in-person.
The ceremony was held outdoors at the stunning Schnebly Redland’s Winery in Redland, Florida considered “Miami’s Countryside”. The green lush scenery, koi pond and exotic fruit trees was the perfect back-drop for the occasion. The commencement began with a warm welcome from the president of the Mexican American Council, Maria Garza, MDCPS School Board Member Luisa Santos, MDCPS Regional Superintendent Barbara Mendizabal and Consul General of Mexico in Miami Jonathan Chait. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne McGhee gave a special message of hope and inspiration to the graduates. The students from the Homestead-Miami Mariachi Conservatory delivered a beautiful musical performance during the commencement dinner.
Next, high school graduates were recognized by principals from their corresponding schools: Homestead Senior High School, Miami Community Charter High School, Robert Morgan Educational Center and South Dade Senior High School. College and university graduates were recognized by Edward Garza, the CEO of MAC.
Later, the milestone and scholarship awards were announced. These awards are significant because they highlight exemplary students who went above and beyond to meet their academic goals. These MAC Scholars confronted any obstacles in their way. In recognition of their perseverance and dedication, graduates received certificates of recognition from elected leaders, laptops and four-year scholarships.
The night came to an end with a candlelight ceremony presented by Mrs. Maria Garza.
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