BALDWIN PARK – Baldwin Park High School celebrated the commencement of 420 graduating seniors from the Class of 2016 on June 2, including students who will pursue the next stage of their college and career journeys at notable universities, the U.S. armed forces and regional trade and technical schools.
The school’s Ted K. Gorrell Stadium was awash in blue and white as students received diplomas and heard encouraging remarks from campus leaders and Principal Anthony Ippolito. Valedictorian Selina Han will attend UCLA; salutatorian Cesar Joaquin Arevalo – who received national attention after being accepted by six Ivy League schools – will attend Stanford University.
Students will also matriculate to nearly every UC campus, No. 1 ranked Pomona College, the University of La Verne, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton, Azusa Pacific University, University of New Mexico and St. Mary’s College Notre Dame, among others.
Students will also enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Still other students will pursue career training at North West College, American Career College, Universal Technical College and East San Gabriel ROP.
“We are tremendously proud of the Class of 2016 for their many accomplishments,” Superintendent Froilan N. Mendoza said. “We wish them the best of luck and success in the years to come.”
BPHS_COMMENCEMENT_1: A Baldwin Park graduate is pumped after walking during the commencement ceremony Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the school.
BPHS_COMMENCEMENT_2: Members of the Baldwin Park High graduating class sing the National Anthem at the commencement ceremony Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the school.
BPHS_COMMENCEMENT_3: Baldwin Park High graduates Stephanie Rubio, from left, Paul Sanchez and Thais Chen grab a selfie prior to the school’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
BPHS_COMMENCEMENT_4: Baldwin Park High Principal Anthony M. Ippolito shakes hands with one of 420 graduates during the school's commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the school.
BPHS_COMMENCEMENT_5: Family members cheer on graduates at Baldwin Park High School’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the school.
BPHS_COMMENCEMENT_6: A Baldwin Park High School graduate waves to friends as she poses with her diploma at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the school.
BPHS_COMMENCEMENT_7: Baldwin Park High graduates shake with Principal Anthony M. Ippolito, not facing, after receiving their diplomas at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the school.