The Academy Class of 2022 Sets Sail
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The soon-to-be graduates arrived at the Cape Ann Museum on June 23rd with a well-earned sense of pride and confidence. And rightfully so – the group of 15 students had recently completed seven months of hands-on lab work, three months of a paid-internship at prestigious laboratories, and many (12 of the 15) had already confirmed employment for after graduation.
The Academy’s sixth graduating class was a cohort of firsts: the first to utilize the new biomanufacturing laboratory; the first to have the extended 10-month program (increased from nine); and the first to start their Academy journey with a visit from Governor Baker when he cut the ribbon on the biomanufacturing space. The class excelled in the classroom, demonstrating precision and focus that impressed Education Director Dr. John Doyle day after day. “This class was special,” he said. “Their commitment to the program, both in and out of the lab, was unparalleled. Their accomplishments are a testament to that dedication.”
This year, the graduation ceremony returned to the beautiful Cape Ann Museum and brought a capacity audience full of proud family members, friends, and internship mentors. John Doyle and Lead Teacher Dr. Steve Anderson both spoke about the Class of 2022’s determination and persistence. Dr. Anderson introduced the evening’s two student speakers, Holly Randazza and Colby Delano. Randazza was named the 2022 recipient of the Zhu-Millman Scholar award — named in honor of Academy supporters Chi-Chi Zhu and Robert Millman — in recognition of outstanding academic and leadership distinction. Delano was selected by the teaching team as his journey best exemplifies the transformative impact of the Academy experience. Both spoke about how both the opportunity and their hard work allowed them to take full advantage of what was presented to them.
Following the student speakers, Mr. Kenn Turner, CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, delivered the evening’s commencement address. MLSC has long been an influential partner in supporting internships, capital equipment investments, and most recently as a partner in the Build Back Better Regional Challenge. Turner praised the Class of 2022 for believing in themselves and for bravely choosing a new path.
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of certificates from Teaching Assistants Madeleine Harland and Sadie Salazar, followed by Dr. Doyle presenting the newly minted graduates to a standing ovation crowd.
Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is still accepting applications for the remaining openings in the incoming Class of 2023. Two cohorts will be available, with classes beginning on August 22nd and November 28th. Recent high school graduates (or with an equivalent certificate) are encouraged to apply. Please visit gmgi.org/education/apply for more information.