Harvard Graduate to Share Wisdom During Paul W. Bryant’s Commitment Ceremony Featured

24 Apr 2018 Shane Dorrill
Michael Constant graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School in 2012, and from Harvard University - where he earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, magna cum laude. Michael Constant graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School in 2012, and from Harvard University - where he earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, magna cum laude. Michael Constant

When Michael Constant graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School in 2012, he never dreamed he would be invited back to the school to share his wisdom with students.

“Never in a million years did I think I’d be invited to speak at Bryant,” Constant said.

But, that’s exactly what he will do Thursday, April 26 when he speaks to the Class of 2018 during Bryant High’s annual Commitment Ceremony.

Constant, who was valedictorian of his class at Bryant, was named a National Achievement Scholar and was selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar. The Gates scholarship allowed him to attend Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, magna cum laude. Now, the scholarship is allowing Constant to study medicine at Columbia University.

“The teachers are what made Bryant so special for me,” Constant said.

“I know firsthand how difficult it can be to be committed to your studies when in high school. Luckily, I had many teachers who made learning an engaging experience.”

In its fourth year, the annual Commitment Ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium, will honor students who have been officially accepted to college, the military, workforce or an internship after high school.

“There are many ways to succeed,” said Dr. Linda Harper, principal of Bryant High. “For some students, success means going to college. For others, it means learning a skill and entering the workforce. While for others, success means entering the military.”

For Constant, success means earning his medical degree and then going into orthopedic surgery. When he speaks, he plans to encourage this year’s seniors with stories about his time as a Bryant student.

Michael Constant is studying medicine at Columbia University.



“When I was getting ready to graduate from Bryant, I was full of anxiety about what the next step would bring,” Constant said. “I’ve learned a bit about how to manage those anxieties since then, and I hope to give students a few pieces of advice that will help them make the most of this exciting time in their lives.”

“We believe that every student should leave our campus with a post-secondary plan,” Harper said. “Students leave our school with a skill-set that allows them to move into any college or career setting with the confidence to be successful.”

“I feel honored that my alma mater would ask me to speak with students,” Constant said. “Bryant High School is truly a place that cares about students.”

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