High school commencements for students in the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area are well underway, as thousands of newly-minted graduates get their diplomas, turn their tassels and head into the next phase of their lives.
Ceremonies for the Huntington Beach Union High School District were held last week. For the Garden Grove Unified School District, the graduations started on Monday, with Bolsa Grande, La Quinta and Santiago high schools all holding their events at the Bolsa Grande stadium.
On Tuesday, it’ll be the turn of Garden Grove, Los Amigos and Rancho Alamitos to don their robes, also at Bolsa. Pacifica’s commencement will take place Tuesday afternoon at LeBard Stadium on the campus of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
Most of the ceremonies are at Bolsa because the football stadium at Garden Grove High is being replaced with a new facility, which will not be open until September.
Hare (Continuation) High will hold its graduation exercises on campus on Tuesday.
Commencement for Orange High School and Orangewood Academy in Garden Grove were also held last week.
At Bolsa’s 58th commencement ceremony on Monday afternoon, Vivian Tong, senior class president, delivered the senior reflection, and valedictory addresses were made by Alex Trong Nguyen and Kaycee Tinh Pham. Principal Louise Milner spoke to the grads as well, and the Class of 2017 was “accepted” by GGUSD school board member Dina Nguyen.
Debbie Le led the students in the singing of the school “Alma Mater.”