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Middle College High School Graduation

Our Middle College High School program graduated 35 high school seniors on Thursday, May 22, 2014. There were over 200 friends and family members in the audience of the Main Theater (in Building 3), all there to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2014. SMCCCD Chancellor Ron Galatolo, Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent, James Lianedies, and SMCCCD Trustees, Tom Mohr and Karen Schwartz, were among the attendees. While several of the graduates will be staying right here at Cañada to continue their studies, the majority of graduates will be moving on to such institutions as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Willamette, University of Vermont, University of San Francisco, Menlo College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Redlands University, Northwestern, UMass-Amherst, and University of Oregon. Congratulations to our grads!

Maria Ayalla

MCH Featured Speaker Maria Ayalla

Middle College High School Graduate Maria Ayalla gave a moving and heartfelt address at the graduation ceremony. Following is the text of her speech:
From its nurturing guidance to its genuine care, Middle College extends far beyond the perimeters of an educational program. It stands alone, with a perpetual duty to encourage academic success in even the most disheartened of students, students like me. I began this program unaware and indifferent to the opportunities which lay before me upon graduation. As a product of parents who were never formally educated, I never considered myself capable of a higher education nor was I cognizant of how to even pursue one. Blinded by the misconceptions I had so meticulously cultivated about what my future held, I was certain that my life would be no different than what I knew. And yet, upon entering this program I was taught how to see again, how to pursue what always seemed intangible. For the first time in my educational career, I was greeted with open arms by teachers who embraced my individuality and my own personal story. In merely a year, not only was I able to come to terms with who (I) am as a dedicated and independent student, but I was able to acknowledge my own capacity for success. Encouraged by the support I felt, I earned unparalleled grades and rediscovered an intellectual side of myself I had suppressed for so many years. And today, as I stand before you all, as (I) prepare to commence my freshman year on a full tuition scholarship to UCLA, I acknowledge that I am forever indebted to Middle College, to my instructors, my professors, and to my fellow academic peers for caring for me and teaching me that it’s okay to succeed regardless of where you come from.

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