Saturday, May 20, we celebrated the graduation of 13 Scholar Athletes from the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy as they begin the exciting transition from eighth grade to high school. As Academy Player Ambassador and Nationals pitcher Josiah Gray delivered the commencement speech, each student walked up to the podium to receive a personalized jersey.
This year’s ceremony was even more special as the eighth-grade class and Josiah had something in common – both were about to graduate. When Josiah was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2018 as a junior in college, he vowed to finish the courses needed to complete his degree, and 2023 is the year he does just that. During his commencement speech, Josiah shared how proud he was of the Scholar Athletes for excelling both academically and athletically, and said he knows that “the future is truly, truly bright.”