STEM ECHS graduates look toward bright future

STEM Early College High School made history by celebrating four years of achievements and milestones during its first Commencement Ceremony on June 1.

Family and friends, beaming with pride and joy, gathered at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium to witness all 89 graduates cross the stage to receive their high school diploma.

Sporting a blue cap and gown, Student Council President Rogelio Lugo welcomed all the attendees and introduced the ROTC Color Guard, who performed the presentation of colors and the national anthem.

Senior Class President Jonathan Granados then welcomed Exiting Board President Carlos Quezada, who congratulated the school’s first-ever graduating class.

“I know you will be successful at all that you attempt and will make your own positive mark on the world,” Quezada said. “This vision began four years ago, filled with hopes and dreams, and today, it becomes a reality. Tonight, you become a graduate of the best school district in the state of Texas. Tonight, your future begins!”

Valedictorian Esmeralda Castillo and Salutatorian Ryan Ramos recalled their accomplishments throughout the year and thanked their families, teachers and administrators for making their graduating class a success.

Esmeralda also presented a special plaque to STEM ECHS Principal Dr. Eddie Rodriguez and delivered a few words of encouragement to her fellow graduates.

“You are the strongest group of people I have ever met, never lose faith in yourself,” she said. “Believing in yourself is more important than any words people can say to you. Once you have the ability to believe, you can do anything.”

Dr. Rodriguez took a moment to celebrate the graduates’ many accomplishments.

“We have surpassed all expectations,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “Our students have won state competitions, and we were recognized by the Texas Honor Roll. Out of 24 high schools in San Antonio, we were ranked third in STAAR performance. This class has earned $5.2 million in scholarships.”

About 90 percent of the students who graduated also received their associate’s degree from Palo Alto College on May 19.  

Superintendent Rey Madrigal concluded the ceremony by certifying the diplomas and congratulating the Class of 2018!

The auditorium erupted in cheers and applause as graduates moved their tassels. Families and friends raced to the graduates to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Congratulations and good luck, Class of 2018! You did it!

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