On Thursday, June 15, Valencia High School (VHS) held its 2017 commencement ceremony where almost 600 seniors were presented their high school diploma in Bradford Stadium.
Of those seniors, an astounding 98% have committed to attending a two or four-year college/university following high school. In addition, the VHS Class of 2017 included 84 candidates for International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas, 77 Val Tech diploma recipients, 160 distinguished scholars, 113 collegiate scholars, and 56 National Merit Scholars. Collectively the graduating class earned over $5 million in scholarships and donated over 83,000 community services hours!
Thursday’s ceremony included honored guests such as Board of Education President, Karin Freeman, Clerk, Carrie Buck, Trustee, Judi Carmona, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Greg Plutko, Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services, Candy Plahy, and Principal Hector Vasquez.
Students Jacqeline Damian, Diana Alvarez, and Matthew Sandoval all delivered speeches filled with reflective memories and heartfelt gratitude towards VHS, faculty members, and supportive loved ones.
After Principal Vasquez congratulated the Class of 2017 and instructed the students to turn their tassels from right to left, streamer cannons shot off over the new graduates and the celebration officially began.
To see a slideshow courtesy of the Orange County Register, visit http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/15/valencia-high-school-graduation-2017/ or click here.