Longwood Senior Earns Associate Degree Before Graduating High School
Longwood High School senior Bryan Diaz now holds the notable designation as the first student in Longwood history and one of the select few in the State University of New York (SUNY) system to earn his associate degree before graduating high school!
Through the many dual-enrollment opportunities offered through Longwood's Career Academies and Pathways, Bryan completed his high school graduation requirements while simultaneously accumulating an impressive 93 college credits at Suffolk County Community College.
In eighth grade, Bryan was selected to the second cohort of the Early College High School Program offered at Longwood, where he began to fulfill basic competency requirements. He enrolled in courses at Suffolk Community College through the Early College Program and the Stony Brook Science Technology Entry Program. Throughout high school, he took full advantage of all AP courses, as well as dual-enrollment courses.
"My degree is like a Frankenstein's monster, with courses from all different avenues," said Bryan.
Bryan has been an active member of our school community, including the president of the Technology Education Club, an attorney for the Moot Court, the first representative cohort of the Early College High School, and a student liaison for the Culture and Community Committee. He has also earned the Seal of Civic Readiness and the Seal of Biliteracy, as well as numerous academic awards.
"Bryan is a stellar example of how much our students can achieve and accomplish by taking advantage of the many opportunities here at Longwood," said high school Principal Dr. Ahmed. "Bryan has always been hardworking, family-orientated, and motivated to achieve his dreams. We are all so proud of him and look forward to hearing about his continued accomplishments."
Bryan plans to attend SUNY Oswego this fall, where he will major in Technology Education and History.
"This journey was marked by numerous challenges and obstacles, but they only served to enrich the destination," stated Bryan. "This experience shaped my personal growth. I am overwhelmed with joy, realizing this is the first milestone on a much longer, thrilling journey."
Pictured l-r: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lohman, Bryan Diaz, and High School Principal Dr. Ahmed.