Before celebrating the start of summer, HBAS celebrated our graduating students during ceremonies on June 9th.
Adult Diploma Graduation
HBAS hosted its Adult Diploma Graduation Ceremony at the Westminster Mall, site of the Learning Center where many students did their coursework. Over 90 students graduated this year, and 50 of them received their diplomas at our ceremony.
HBUHSD Board Members and the Simon Youth Foundation joined faculty, staff, family and friends to honor our students. After remarks from Principal Steve Curiel, math instructor Ann Cosgrove presented Recognition of Achievement Certificates to several students who “stood out to their instructors, be it for hard work, determination, and great attitudes.”
School counselor Cynthia Bonnycastle announced scholarships for six students who showed perseverance, attendance and academic promise. Given by local organizations, these awards aim to help graduates achieve “continued success in a post-secondary setting.”
Huntington Beach Administrators Association (HBAA): Sara Bailey, Hayden Butsk, Amber Jezak
Schools First Federal Credit Union (SFFCU): Janeth Flores, Matthew Hinojosa, Yvonne Pougand
Principal Curiel then introduced Dr. Durnil, President of the Simon Youth Foundation, whose support has enabled HBAS “to provide students a comfortable high tech learning environment,” and offer our teachers “professional development and additional classroom materials.” Dr. Durnil awarded SYF Scholarships to Melissa Wahlstrom, Briana Johnson & Juan Hernendez.
Once the big checks were handed out, it was time for our students to receive their diplomas and turn their tassels. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
*click here for our graduation album *
Career Technical Education Pinning Ceremony
On June 9th, we also recognized our career tech program graduates during a pinning ceremony at Ocean View High School. Students who completed Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, and Pharmacy Technician Programs were honored by their teachers and the District.
After all students received their pins (and big hugs from their instructors), Assistant Principal Shirley Vaughn congratulated our students, many of whom “held jobs and maintained a family while attending school.” She also gave our students a chance to stand and applaud their family and friends, “who have supported you in so many ways throughout your program.” Our staff and faculty at HBAS are so proud to send off our CTE students to the next step in their careers!
Check out our Pinning Ceremony Photo Album!
Briana Madden is a teacher and “field reporter” for the HB Adult School. She meets with staff and students to learn about the programs offered and share stories and new opportunities with the community. ...