Corning High School bid farewell to 189 graduating seniors on Friday during its class of 2019 Commencement Program at Cardinal Stadium.
Against a stiff wind, graduates donned in black and red robes, kept a tight hold on their caps as they entered the stadium filled to overflowing with friends and family, the Cardinal Band performing Pomp and Circumstance, and graduate Zuri Michelle Morrow singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”
“I am so proud of myself and excited for what life will bring me in the future,” said graduate Arian Ramirez-Ramirez, who will be attending California State University, Chico, to earn a degree in psychology.
Her sentiments were shared by many of the grads, including the ceremony’s student speaker, Alejandro Marquez-Mendoza.
“I am very proud to be a Corning High School graduate,” he said. “This school has offered me and my classmates the necessary tools to be successful in life, especially in our college experience.”
The second student speaker to address her classmates and the crowd was Brisa Martinez-Solorio, who said, “There were very important people who played a huge role in all this, our parents and guardians. Whether you realize it or not, we know that you were always there for us.”
She said thanks to many of the staff and faculty at the school and to her classmates for the many experiences and memories they gained while attending Corning High School.
Graduate Jacob Alston, as he celebrated his accomplishment, said the best part of his high school years was his participation in sports.
“My teammates and coaches, they were family to me. Everything that was important at school for me was on the sports-field. It was definitely my favorite part of school,” he said.
In her ceremony welcome, Class of 2019 President Olivia Henderson reminded her classmates that though the paths they will take in the near future will be different for each one, “something that remains the same in every one of us is this place we have called home during our high school career.”
Corning Union High School District superintendent noted the overall total for scholarship received by members of the graduating class was $754,400 including, renewable funding.
“Tonight we salute you,” he said. “Graduates, these awards are a tangible recognition of your hard work.”
Also recognized were students wearing special tassels for participation in the areas of CTE Pathway, Visual Arts Pathway, Health Pathway, Patient Care Pathway, Foreign Language Pathway and A-G College and Career Readiness; students entering the military and students enrolled in university, college and trade schools.
Corning High School Principal Charlie Troughton presented the class and read off each graduates’ names as members of the district board, Todd Henderson and Bill Mache presented the diplomas.
All said and done, the graduates exited the ceremony into the waiting arms of friends and family, many holding flowers, money wreaths, balloons and other gifts.
The formal observance complete, the graduates then went to Java Lanes Bowling Alley on Solano Street in Corning were they celebrated their accomplishment at a Sober Grad Party put on by the parents organization and school staff.