Oakland Tech’s first Black male valedictorian bought accepted to 11 universities. Here is which one he picked

Ahmed Muhammad, the first Black male valedictorian in Oakland Technical High School’s history, graduated last month, and in his sendoff message to his classmates — who endured their final year of high school under the cloud of a pandemic — he struck a note of inspiration.

In his address to the graduating class of 2021, which was filmed and posted to social media, Muhammad credited those who came before him, explaining that in the high school’s 106-year history, “while I may be the first young Black man to be our school’s valedictorian, I won’t be the last.”

The graduation marked the first and last time the senior class could gather together after over a year of distance learning and closed schools.

Oakland Tech held four separate in-person ceremonies on May 28 and 29 with capacity limits. In his speech, Muhammad said that while he and his classmates might be questioning what comes next, “if our high school experience has taught us anything, it’s that we have absolutely no idea.”

But, he continued, the seniors do know that they are prepared for it. “We are the class of resilience. The class of strength. The class of hope,” he said.

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