Students from Canyon, El Modena, Orange, Richland, and Villa Park High Schools, along with graduates from Parkside Education Center, had the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend their  graduation ceremony at Angel Stadium. Family and friends cheered from the stands while all of Orange Unified’s 2,183 Class of 2019 graduates walked across a major league baseball field, faces featured on the big screen, to receive their diplomas. 

Additionally, Class of 2019 students from the District’s four comprehensive high schools were honored for outstanding academic achievement, including 404 Seals of Biliteracy given to students proficient in two or more languages, 669 Golden State Seal Merit Diplomas earned by students who demonstrated mastery of at least six high school curriculum subject areas, and 764 students who completed a CTE Pathway. Each school also recognized students with the highest cumulative academic grade point average:

  • Kaitlin Chon: Canyon High School, 5.0571 GPA, Top Summa Cum Laude. Accepted to University of Southern California for Business Administration & Biology

  • Samantha Lee: Canyon High School, 4.9667 GPA, Top Summa Cum Laude. Accepted to University of California, Berkeley for Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

  • Everett Craw: El Modena High School, 4.87 GPA, Valedictorian. Accepted to University of California, San Diego for Computer Science & Engineering

  • Blake Hanson: El Modena High School, 4.91 GPA, Valedictorian. Accepted to University of California, Los Angeles for Mechanical Engineering

  • Kristie Le: Orange High School, 4.88 GPA, Valedictorian. Accepted to University of California, Los Angeles for Biology.

  • Ryan Joshua Raymundo: Orange High School, 4.7 GPA, Salutatorian. Accepted to California State University, Fullerton for Nursing.

  • Alexandra Lai: Villa Park High School, 5.0857 GPA, Highest Academic Achiever. Accepted to California Institute of Technology for Computer Science. 

“Congratulations to all of our graduates! We wish them the best as they move on to the next chapter in their lives,” said Superintendent of Schools Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D. “We also want to recognize the contributions of our students’ families and mentors toward their academic achievements and ongoing success. Thank you for being our valued partners in education.”

Orange Unified’s graduation ceremonies took place at Angel Stadium this year because Fred Kelly Stadium is currently undergoing a $23 million renovation. The new stadium complex is scheduled to reopen in May 2020. Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

About Orange Unified School District

Serving the cities of Orange, Villa Park, and other surrounding cities in Southern California, Orange Unified School District is committed to planning for continual improvement in its schools. Orange Unified’s mission it to offer a learning environment of excellence and high expectations, where every student is provided with the opportunity to be able to compete in the global economy. 

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