By Kelli Gile
Diamond Bar – Nearly 1,500 Walnut Valley Unified School District graduating seniors participated in commencement ceremonies on May 28. Families and friends filled football stadiums carrying bouquets and helium balloons ready to celebrate the milestone accomplishment.
During the 32nd commencement at Diamond Bar High, 724 graduates in purple and gold cap and gowns streamed into Holmes Memorial Stadium.
“It hasn’t really hit me that it’s over,” said Marissa Kummerman before the 7 p.m. ceremony. “It still seems like I will go back on Monday and hang out with my friends in the drama room and sing karaoke!”
“It’s definitely an exciting day,” added Jordan Lin, 18. “But it’s also a little sad saying goodbye to friends that I’ve known since elementary school.”
“It’s an amazing feeling to be done and to have accomplished my goals,” Antonio “Noodles” Hull shared. “My favorite memory is being around this good group of friends.”
Principal Catherine Real addressed the Class of 2015 during the commencement.
“This class is an accomplished body of students with standouts in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, and at the helm, who have set their own standards in the four As – Academics, Activities, Arts, and Athletics,” said Real. “And never before has a class been so defined by service to others.”
“Wherever life leads us after high school, I pray that we remember the important lessons we learned here, like hard work, perseverance, and dedication,” said class president, Daniel Shin. “This class is the epitome of the phrase, ‘purple pride; gold standard!’”
Congratulations to DBHS valedictorians: Kyu Seo Ahn, Athena Chen, Zhen Hao Chen, Kali De Cambra, Sophia Deng, Jeannie Huang, Mandy Hung, Rena Jiang, Leanne Kao, Rae Lasko, Ju Sun Lee, Katlyn Lee, Young Lin, Michelle Lyu, Elizabeth Pang, Jin Sung Park, Derek Peng, Christie Sandjaya, Kimi Taira, Lai Tsung Wan, Emily Wong, Jordan Wong, Je-Han Yang, and Vivian Yan.
Each stellar scholar earned a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. all four years.
13 IB diploma candidates were recognized for completing the rigorous academic program: Congratulations to Simran Bhogal, Zhen Hao Chen, Vanessa Cheng, Matthew Chiu, Rena Jiang, Leanne Kao, Serena Lin, Young Lin, Madison McCarty, Sydney Pun, Samantha Samoyfenko, Mayur Upparapalli, and Andrew Yoo.
The two groups of grads were awarded gold medallions to signify their accomplishment.
“Class of 2015, you do not leave this place alone,” Real added. “You go forward with a global Brahma family ready to support you and celebrate your successes and we shall always be at your side. Seniors, congratulations and much luck to you always!”