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Riverbank High School, Adelante send off graduating 2024 seniors
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As Riverbank High seniors listen to their graduation ceremony speakers, many had various messages decorating their caps, facing the crowd of families and friends seated in the grandstands in the Angelo Novi Stadium on the RHS campus. The Friday, May 24 celebration took about an hour to deliver diplomas to the 205 seniors participating. Ric McGinnis/The News

Class of 2024 Riverbank High and Adelante High School seniors received diplomas and graduated into their futures last week.


Adelante Ceremony

Adelante, the continuation high school, saw 29 students advance, in the early evening on Friday, May 24, in ceremonies held in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium on the RHS campus.

The graduation was presented by Principal Ed Vaca, at 5:30 p.m., with Riverbank Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Constantino Aguilar presiding, along with members of the school board.

After the processional, the Class of 2024 was welcomed by Vaca, and student Ciara Aimbez led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National Anthem.

Vaca introduced Salutatorians Aimbez and Marian Orozco Barragan and Valedictorian Jayla Carranza, who spoke of the class accomplishments and hopes for a bright future.

Math teacher Fred Wood was the concluding speaker, before diplomas were awarded.

Following the recessional, the graduates, as is the tradition, gathered in a circle across the gym from the stage, throwing their caps into the air in celebration.


RHS Graduation

About an hour after the conclusion of Adelante’s ceremonies, Principal Vaca had to pick up and start again, moving over to Angelo Novi Stadium, for the beginning of Riverbank High’s graduation.

After the Pomp and Circumstance processional, by Sir Edward Elgar, and the Pledge of Allegiance, led by ASB President Katherine Tigert, then the National Anthem, Principal Vaca welcomed the crowd of administrators, faculty, staff, friends and family members of the assembled graduates.

Counselor Shauna Solari announced the names of the many winners of awards and scholarships for the Class of 2024.

Valedictorian Ramon Toribio Torres and Salutatorian Fatima Gonzalez both spoke, presenting their views of the obstacles overcome as well as their collective bright hopes for the future.

The class was then presented for graduation by Principal Vaca, and accepted by District Superintendent Aguilar.

That was followed by presentation of diplomas by members of the RUSD Board of Education, then the Recessional, to the tune of ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.

In all, each of the commencement ceremonies took about an hour.

Adelante High School Valedictorian Jayla Carranza addresses classmates, staff, family and friends in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium on Friday, May 24. Her speech touched on the obstacles the Class of 2024 had overcome and the bright future ahead. A total of 29 graduates received their diplomas that evening, just ahead of the RHS ceremonies at the football stadium. Ric McGinnis/The News
Riverbank Unified School District board member Ernest Velasco presents a diploma to one of 205 graduating RHS seniors at last Friday’s graduation ceremonies. The May 24 event kicked off the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend for the class of 2024, at the Angelo Novi Stadium on campus. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Seniors from Adelante High School receive recognition and their diplomas from members of the school board, administration, and staff at the Fauria Gym. The Friday, May 24, event saw 29 continuation high school students graduating. Ric McGinnis/The News