Four determined PYLUSD students receive their high school diploma at third annual Summer Graduation Ceremony

Summer graduation

On Wednesday, August 24, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) presented its 2022 Summer Graduation Ceremony. The third annual event, which took place in the PYLUSD Performing Arts Center, included four accomplished students who could not graduate with their fellow seniors in June for various reasons, some out of their control.

To begin the ceremony, the graduates beamed as they walked out in their caps and gowns to the customary “Pomp and Circumstance” in front of an audience of their loved ones.

Honored guests in attendance included Board President Carrie Buck, Board Vice President Marilyn Anderson, Superintendent Dr. Mike Matthews, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Linda Adamson and Richard McAlindin as well as Director of High School Education, Gina Aguilar. El Dorado High School Principal Joey Davis, Esperanza High School Principal Jeff Giles, Valencia High School Principal Chris Herzfeld, and school counselors from each site were also there to support their graduating students.

After a warm welcome from Mrs. Aguilar and the Pledge of Allegiance, Dr. Matthews addressed the graduating students with congratulatory sentiments.

“Following a summer of hard work and academic achievement, you’ve succeeded, when you very easily could have given up, but you did not give up…and you have prevailed,” Dr. Matthews shared. “We are all so proud to witness you become high school graduates before us this evening. We are here to honor you for persevering through your K-12 academic journey to reach this considerable milestone in your young lives. Take a second to absorb this moment in time…it is significant. As you move beyond high school and this chapter in your life, we are confident in your academic and practical knowledge, critical thinking and technical skills, and overall ability to be responsible, ethical, and contributing citizens as a result of your experiences in our schools.”

Mrs. Aguilar verified that the class had met all of the course requirements necessary to earn a diploma from PYLUSD and the State of California. Each graduate then walked across the stage to shake the hand of each honored guest and to receive their diploma. As they did, their principal shared kind words about each graduate and their time in high school as well as their plans for the future.

Mrs. Aguilar then officially announced the graduates as the Class of 2022. Cheers rang out as the graduation ceremony concluded and graduates processed out to meet their loved ones.

The Class of 2022 included Anthony Sanchez from El Dorado High School, Peyton Bass and Isaac Hernandez from Esperanza High School, and Alfredo Hernandez Ruiz from Valencia High School.

Congrats, graduates! PYLUSD wishes you the best as you advance on to your next adventure whether it be pursuing higher education, entering the workforce, or embarking on some other type of postsecondary journey.

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