Sweetwater Union High School District Graduates Thousands
“I am so proud of each graduate and student who graduated or promoted. We celebrate the achievements you’ve attained and the challenges you’ve overcome. Being an educator is the most rewarding career of all.” This is how Dr. Karen Janney, Superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District, described her feelings about the classes of 2017 and the role of district faculty and staff.
This year, more than 6,500 high school seniors and middle school 8th graders graduated and promoted from across South County. A total of 27 graduation and promotion ceremonies took place over the course of four days.
Commencement ceremonies played to standing-room-only crowds of families and other supporters who turned out to see the graduates walk the stage to receive their diplomas and certificates from the Sweetwater District Board of Trustees members.
The Adult Schools commencement on May 26 was the first in the series. Held at Castle Park High School Stadium, Board of Trustees President Arturo Solis and member Frank Tarantino accepted the class of 2017. The following week began a series of middle and high school graduations and promotions, several held at De Vore Stadium at Southwestern College.
In the Fall, Sweetwater District high school graduates will attend several of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. including Harvard, Brown, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego and San Diego State University.
District Board of Trustees member Frank Tarantino inspired the graduates at several of the ceremonies by his reference to graduates who had walked the stage before them and interesting facts of things that occurred the year students were born.
Superintendent Janney heard some exceptional student speeches at our ceremonies that shared wisdom beyond their years and inspiration galore. Here are some samples of statements created by Sweetwater District students:
- We are in motion on our way to success!
- We can build our future!
- We all have to have hope!
- We are all champions!
- Surround yourselves with people who inspire you!
- All our dreams are valued!
- Our lives are intertwined for life as Red Devils!
- Find your own passion!
- Time to open a new chapter in our lives!
- What are the moments that led you to today?
- YOLO – you only live once!
- Raise your voice!
- Our purpose will move us forward!
- Become our best selves!
- There is no fear that can’t be conquered!
- May you have the vision to follow your dreams!
- The world is calling for our humanity!
- On to pursue your dreams!
The Sweetwater District extends it best wishes to the Class of 2017 as our students spread out across the nation and world as they pursue higher education, trade schools, the military and the workforce.