On Tuesday, December 19, George Key School held a commencement ceremony for Dominick DiThommaso in the multipurpose room at Golden Elementary School. Fellow students, loved ones, staff members, and district administrators gathered to celebrate.
To kick off the ceremony, Dominick led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Rebecca Allan then introduced dignitaries in attendance and spoke about the impact Dominick has had on the George Key campus. The small ceremony included a long list of honored guests including Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Olivia Yaung, and Renee Gray, Executive Director of Special Education.
Mrs. Gray shared thoughtful words of praise about Dominick. “Dominick has been a recipient of this excellent education at Key since the age three. He has used these skills to build relationships, social skills, communication skills, and most importantly, connections. Everyone at Key knows Dom. And each and every person has had a part in his growth. We would all agree that Dom is charming, has a great sense of humor and loves all social events and holidays, especially Halloween and our school dances.”
She went on to share, “We are all so proud of Dom as he’s mastered using his eye gaze device for communication. He is always so helpful and enjoys walking around campus to deliver items without his wheelchair.”
Dominick’s teacher Michele Cardenas spoke about Dominick and showed a video presentation filled with pictures of him as a child and throughout the years at George Key. He was then presented with his certificate of completion. Attendees then enjoyed a reception in honor of the three graduates.
George Key serves students ages 3-22 years with severe disabilities from the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District and the Brea-Olinda Unified School District.
Congrats, George Key graduate!