Mare Island Technology Academy graduated a historic class Thursday,
marking a milestone in the charter school's 14 year-existence.
"This is the largest number of students MIT has ever graduated," Director Matt Smith said of the 54 students who waited to receive their diplomas.
The ceremony was held at Touro University, with friends and family packing Lander Hall as the graduates sat in the front row.
Luis Rosales, student representative to MIT's board of directors, addressed his fellow graduates and noted that the stage was usually reserved for people like valedictorians and salutatorians.
"Either we hold the speakers on this stage to very high standards, or I'm the beginning of a very funny joke," Rosales said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
Rosales said the biggest thing he would take with him from his years at MIT was not his successes, but his failures.
"Failure taught me things about myself that I wouldn't have learned any other way," Rosales said.
Emily Abueg, one of two valedictorians, added that the Class of 2013 had plenty of obstacles and struggles, including adapting to new directors and changing bell schedules at the charter school that includes grades sixth through 12.
"There were times many of us wanted to knock our heads against the wall and call it quits. But we didn't," she said.
Abueg's fellow valedictorian, Alexander Baltodano, encouraged his classmates to celebrate and recognize their accomplishments.
a breath and congratulate each other," Baltodano said.
It appeared that the new alumni took his words to heart. After the ceremony, the graduates poured out onto the steps of Lander Hall, coming together for one last group hug.
Contact Lanz Christian Banes at (707) 553-6833 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @LanzTimesH.
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