STEM Early College HS graduates look toward bright future

STEM Early College HS graduates look toward bright future

Friends and family, beaming with pride, gathered at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium to celebrate the 2019 graduates of STEM Early College High School on June 3.

Excitement filled the air before the ceremony, as the seniors were greeted with cheers and applause. The graduates took their seats, wearing their caps and gowns with pride.

Valedictorian Madison Alvarado delivered a powerful speech, where she thanked her teachers for providing her with the tools needed to be successful and motivated her classmates to continue to work hard.

“Work hard to do what makes you happy,” she said. “Regardless, I want to encourage all of you to search for what you feel is your purpose in this world. I believe that we all have a destiny and a purpose and that no matter what, you will accomplish greater things as long as you continue to do your best.”

Madison also reminded them to surround themselves with people who can motivate them to become the best version of themselves.

“If you feel that someone is bringing negativity into your life, remember that you don’t have to be good friends with everyone in your life, you can politely leave them,” she said. “Just like the network of motivated individuals here at STEM and at Palo Alto College, try to find another network that works best for you."

She concluded by encouraging them to remember to be thankful, courageous, excited and open.

“Remember you only get one chance at life, so live it doing what makes you happy. Remember where you started, remember where you are, remember where you’re going, and remember what you’ll leave behind.”

About 81 percent of the students who graduated also received their associate’s degree from Palo Alto College, giving them a head start to achieve their academic goals.  

Superintendent Rey Madrigal concluded the ceremony by certifying the diplomas and congratulating the Class of 2019!

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

Congratulations and good luck Class of 2019! You did it!

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