Alameda honors the Class of 2019

Photos by Casey Van Divier
Posted 5/17/19

Hundreds spent the evening of May 16 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House watching Alameda International's seventy-first commencement ceremony, which included a choir performance, a band performance and …

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Alameda honors the Class of 2019

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Hundreds spent the evening of May 16 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House watching Alameda International's seventy-first commencement ceremony, which included a choir performance, a band performance and a handful of student speeches.

In their joint address to the class of 2019, valedictorian Niky Nguyen and salutatorian Christina Hoang encouraged their classmates to embrace a number of different aspects of life: their identities, their occasional failures and their accomplishments.

Hoang added that for many of the students, including her and Nguyen, “tonight means being a first-generation high school graduate.”

Faculty and student speakers celebrated what the students surmounted to arrive at graduation, highlighting perseverance as a key lesson the students have learned over the past four years.

“So many of you have overcome so much in your lives,” said faculty speaker Steve Houwen. “You have the power to become who you are meant to be, and not simply who you are told to be.”

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