“Due to the pandemic, you have had a year like no other.”
Those remarks could have been made at any high school commencement in Orange County, or the nation, but they were made Tuesday at the graduation exercises for Bolsa Grande High School by Principal Tracy Conway.
Evidence of the COVID-19’s impact was everywhere. Graduates and guests wore facemasks, social distancing was enforced and anyone entering the campus stadium had his or her forehead temperature taken electronically.
“We learned some things from this pandemic,” she said. “One of the most important things is that we can do hard things if we stick together.”
David Vu, senior class president, echoed those sentiments, recalling how different the experience was for the Class of 2021. “No more football games, no more field trips and it was months until we stepped into the halls of Bolsa Grande again.” But with hard work and dedication, the students made it through a tough year, he said.
Bolsa’s commencement was one of six on Tuesday for high schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District, which serves most of Garden Grove and parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. Three more graduations are set for Wednesday.
In the Huntington Beach Union High School District, which serves Huntington Beach and parts of Fountain Valley and Westminster, commencements will be held June 15-17.
Orange High School, which serves that part of Garden Grove east of Haster Street, will have its graduation exercises on Wednesday at Fred Kelly Stadium on the El Modena High campus. OHS is part of the Orange Unified School District.