Thirty seniors made their approach to the stage and, about half-hour later, it was all about diplomas, that emblem of maturity and a figurative ticket to a brand new life.

Newly graduated from Vacaville Unified’s summer time faculty, the seniors, who picked up their diplomas Friday afternoon within the filled-to-capacity Catwalk Theater at Will C. Wooden, didn’t stroll throughout the stage in June with their respective classmates at Vacaville, Buckingham Constitution and Wooden excessive faculties, and Ernest Kimme Constitution Academy.

Graduating seniors from all four Vacaville high schools gathered in the Catwalk Theater were honored during Summer School Commencement Friday at Wood C. Wood High School.(Joel Rosenbaum / The Reporter)
Graduating seniors from all 4 Vacaville excessive faculties gathered within the Catwalk Theater have been honored throughout Summer season College Graduation Friday at Wooden C. Wooden Excessive College.(Joel Rosenbaum / The Reporter)

However, whereas enrolled within the district’s summer time program, previously known as Prolonged Summer season Studying, the graduates, clad in blue or burgundy caps and robes, many carrying leis of folded greenback payments and embellished mortar boards, by no means overlooked their purpose: becoming a member of the Class of 2022.

In a short onstage interview after the ceremony, summer time faculty Principal Danielle Shifrine mentioned the scholars largely earned elective credit “they wanted to select up” to fulfill state necessities for commencement.

Among the college students, she mentioned, have been “nonetheless determining their paths” and within the technique of deciding what to do subsequent.

Exterior the theater after the ceremony and posing for memento images with household and buddies, Nicholas Butler, a graduate of Ernest Kimme Constitution and considered one of three senior audio system, mentioned his remarks have been largely “congratulations for everyone.”

“Everybody took a unique path to get right here,” mentioned Butler, the son of Nicholas Butler and Marrisa Lynn. “We acquired right here by way of absences and missed assignments, however we acquired right here.”

His plans instantly after the ceremony?

“Go dwelling and have a barbecue, go swimming within the again yard,” and revel in a taco bar ready by his grandmother, mentioned Butler, flashing a faint smile on the thought.

Within the fall, he plans to pursue a course of research resulting in certification as an electrician.

The opposite senior audio system have been Beverly Burton, additionally an Ernest Kimme Constitution graduate, and Bennie Taylor Doyel, a graduate of Vacaville Excessive.

Vacaville High School graduate, Bennie Taylor Doyel delivers his remarks during Summer School Commencement Friday at Wood C. Wood High School.(Joel Rosenbaum / The Reporter)
Vacaville Excessive College graduate, Bennie Taylor Doyel delivers his remarks throughout Summer season College Graduation Friday at Wooden C. Wooden Excessive College.(Joel Rosenbaum / The Reporter)

Dystine Harrington, 17, additionally a graduate of Ernest Kimme Constitution, deliberate to exit to dinner at Cajun Crackin on Nut Tree Parkway.

“I’m feeling nice and excited,” she mentioned, standing within the theater foyer shortly after the ceremony ended. “That is the beginning of a brand new life.”

Harrington plans to attend a magnificence faculty “someplace in Sacramento or San Francisco” within the coming months.

To her, the problem of summer time faculty was merely “exhibiting up,” however she characterised this system as having “nice folks and nice lecturers.”

Besner Mondragon-Rodriguez, 18, who attended Will C. Wooden, was the one graduate who didn’t obtain a diploma.

When his title was known as, he was not handed a diploma whereas standing on the fringe of the stage as some within the viewers puzzled what had occurred and the ceremony appeared to come back to a short halt.

The snafu led Ed Santopadre, the district’s affiliate superintendent of academic companies, and others, to look frantically for the diploma. It was not discovered.

Later, exterior the theater, standing within the shade with family and friends, Mondragon-Rodriguez mentioned it was not a giant deal.

“I do know I did it,” that’s, accomplished sufficient credit to graduate, he mentioned, including, “They’re nonetheless searching for it” contained in the theater.

His post-ceremony plans have been “most likely going out with household and buddies.”

Within the fall, he plans to enter one of many development trades.

To Mondragon-Rodriguez, the problem to finish summer time faculty was “discovering the motivation to do the work.”

At press time, Santopadre, in a textual content to The Reporter, mentioned he believed Mondragon-Rodriguez’s diploma had been discovered and it will be given to him.



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