Upper Arlington City Schools News Article

100 years of Golden Bear graduates: celebrating the historic Class of 2024

It started with 13 “brave souls,” as it says in the 1925 Upper Arlington annual, now known as the Norwester yearbook. On May 28, 1925, Upper Arlington Schools’ first graduating class launched themselves into their next step in life.

Now, approximately 480 members of the Class of 2024 will take the same bold step into the future at Upper Arlington’s 100th commencement ceremony as they walk across the stage at the Schottenstein Center to accept their diplomas and officially join the ranks of Golden Bear alumni. The commencement ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, and a livestream of the ceremony will be available at this link

“For me, being part of the 100th graduating class is really something special,” senior class officer Nathan V. “It’s a testament to all of the people who came before me. I think it really just speaks a lot to all of UA and the culture around UA and all of the people, all of the community, that build up all of the graduating students.”

The 100th graduating class embodies the values and traditions that have defined Upper Arlington Schools for the past century and are reflected in the district’s vision statement today — uniquely accomplished students prepared to serve, lead and succeed. 


Serve

The Class of 2024 has shown a remarkable commitment to service that goes above and beyond the school-based service and service-learning projects that they have engaged in throughout their time in the Upper Arlington Schools. Fifty-seven graduating seniors were recently recognized with the national President’s Volunteer Service Award for individually contributing 100 or more hours of service to the community. 


Lead

The members of the Class of 2024 have been leaders in all aspects of the academic experience in the Upper Arlington Schools. Of the Class of 2024 graduates, there are nine National Merit Semifinalists and 16 Commended Scholars, and 95 members of the prestigious Cum Laude Society, the highest academic recognition a high school student can achieve on a national level. 

Outside of the school day, these students have won regional and state recognition in athletics, the visual and performing arts, computer science and robotics, journalism and news media, and more. They are the next generation’s budding scientists, inventors and innovators, and legal minds.

Succeed
After graduation, the members of the Class of 2024 are headed off to college, careers, the military and some other destinations, too. They will be attending approximately 130 colleges and universities across the country, and some are making different plans, whether it’s for a gap year, career or another path. Two graduates have committed to serving our country in the military and ROTC programs, and 39 have committed to continuing their athletic and academic pursuits at the college level.

“I will always be grateful to this 100th class for showing me what it truly means to be a Golden Bear — everything from strong academic performance to being amazingly talented on stage, inspiring creativity in the arts and thrilling competition on the athletic fields,” Superintendent Robert Hunt, Ed.D., shared. “It means being someone who will go out into the world and make it a better place — sometimes in small ways and other times in big ways.”   

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