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2018 Graduation

 "No longer are we statistics; we are graduates.  We've defied the odds and we should be proud." Amir Seabrook, student speaker
On June 14, 2018, HBAS hosted a graduation ceremony for students who earned a High School Diploma or a High School Equivalency Certificate (GED). Over 80 graduates participated in the ceremony, which was fittingly held at our Diploma & GED home base: the Westminster Mall.  
In his opening remarks, Principal Curiel praised our graduates for persevering along "a unique path...filled with challenges and disappointments," and showing that they are "unstoppable."   
GED graduate Amir Seabrook shared about the difficulties students face when returning to school after so many years. But his nerves calmed he walked into the HBAS Mall Learning Center for the first time. "Everyone welcomed me, encouraged me and made me feel right at home, he explained. "I knew then and there that this was the school for me."  Amir credited HBAS teachers, administrators and support staff for teaching him to believe in himself and in "the power of second chances." 

Some especially dedicated students received Recognition of Achievement awards and scholarships. Amir Seabrook won the Huntington Beach Administrator’s Association Award, while Roian Rodde, Pham Khanh, Vy Le and Deborah McKnight received scholarships from Schools First Federal Credit Union.  The Simon Youth Foundation awarded scholarships to Helen Thome and Virginia Palacios.  

Thanks to all the HBAS and HBUHSD staff and partners who helped our students achieve their goals, and helped us celebrate their success.  And thanks most of all to our graduates for taking your second chance with us. We encourage our graduates to keep in touch, so we can continue to celebrate your accomplishments.  

As Amir said, "always hold your head up high, knowing that you achieved something great. This is not an ending, it's only the beginning."  

Honored guests included Kathleen Iverson, HBUHSD Board of Trustees, Dr. Carolee Ogata, Deputy Superintendent, Human Resources and Dr. J. Michael Durnil, President and CEO from the Simon Youth Foundation.  We also welcomed partners from the Westminster Mall Management, Golden West College, Coastline Community College, OCAPICA, Orange Coast College, Wavelengths Recovery and the manager from John's Incredible Pizza.  The Office of Assemblyman Matthew Harper created personalized certificates for all of our graduates.   

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