"It means a lot because, out of all the girls at my school, I am the only fifth-generation Girls' High grad," she said. "I know there have been fourth-generation families."
In addition to Stansbury and Spann, four other relatives have graduated from Girls' High: great-aunt Lenora Owens, now deceased, graduated in 1964; great-aunt Andrea Spann, also deceased, earned her diploma in 1983; great-aunt Linda Owens graduated in 1970.
Bullock's mother, Wendy, was in the Class of 1987. All of the women went on to college.
In the Kimmel Center lobby before commencement, Imani Bullock was joined by her mother, Spann, and Linda Owens - all wearing white, a Girls' High tradition.
Clutching a pair of bouquets and wearing her great-great-grandmother's 1917 gold class ring on her pinkie, Bullock said: "I'm excited that all four generations are here. I feel that my great-great-grandmother is here."
Wendy Bullock and the other women also said they could feel Stansbury's presence, and those of the two deceased aunts.
Spann looked at her great-granddaughter and fought back tears.
"I can just imagine my mother, your great-great-grandmother. She would be bursting with pride, and I am bursting with pride."
Spann, 85, said, "I am so proud that I can go back to my mother, and she was a very proud lady. She was very intelligent, obviously, because back when she was going to Girls' High . . . it was very unusual to have an African American person graduating high school."
Wendy Bullock stressed that graduating from Girls' High was an honor.
"It really means a lot, coming from a distinguished high school," she said. "I think Girls' High has always been one of the best schools in the city. We just have a family filled with strong women who strive for academic excellence."