With Covid-19 closing school doors across the nation, the answer to matriculation celebrations among high school and college seniors has been virtual social media graduations. Recently, Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts graduate Jasmine Bridges, joined by family and friends, held a graduation in front of more than 200 ‘friends’ live on Facebook. She was set to formally graduate on May 27, 2020.
The Bridges family erected a podium and stage in their living room to provide Jasmine with a graduation experience. An honor student, Jasmine will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in the Fall. While at Jasmine Darnell-Cookman, she served as president and representative of the 10th and 11th grade student body. Other school activities included a member of the yearbook committee, basketball team, and tutoring for other high school students in mathematics. Additionally, she started College Day at her school to allow more students to meet with college representatives and to make it easier for them to apply for college. She is also a members of Jacksonville Leadership, a program that educates, connects, and inspires diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities.
Community leadership and involvement have always been a way that Bridges helps to make an impact in Northeast Florida. She was also very instrumental in establishing Simone Bridges Inspires Inc., which promotes youth entrepreneurs and increases Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM) education and awareness. Jasmine’s motto is, “Lead by Example.”
“Jasmine really wanted to attend her graduation more than anything. She accepted not having a prom. She accepted not having grad night. However, not being able to have a graduation was unacceptable in her eyes, so we ensured that we gave her the best graduation ceremony that we could,” said her mother Arica Bridges. Shown is Jasmine Bridges with her mother Arica Bridges.