Vistamar School Celebrates its 12th Graduating Class
Sixty-two graduates donned blue caps and gowns on Friday, June 7 as Vistamar School gathered for the Class of 2019’s graduation ceremony. Onstage at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts (Lawndale), the class sat together one last time as poet, educator, author, Kwame Alexander encouraged them to say, “Yes!” to opportunity as they move through their lives.
Before Mr. Alexander regaled the crowd with basketball analogies and his own high school, college, and life experience, Chris Bright made his first commencement speech as head of school. He encouraged the class to keep an open mind, make mistakes, and to give themselves a chance to learn.
In keeping with Vistamar tradition, there was a musical performance by senior class members, as well as a speech by the class-selected speaker. Angelina Anderson, Brenna Coyle, Jack Goldman, Tsunami Keeton, and Jason Weiss were joined by Music Director, Jason Gamer and Technical Director, Alex Tauber for a beautiful rendition of Billie Joe Armstrong’s “Time of Your Life.”
Alexander Del Greco shared his remarks as senior speaker just before diplomas were awarded. He reflected on how he went from knowing no one as a freshman, to feeling “completely at home with my teachers and peers.” Alexander offered optimism and hope as he looked to life beyond Vistamar.
While Commencement is a beginning for the Class of 2019 as they go out in the world and are welcomed to their new role as alumni, it is also an end of sorts. Their time as Vistamar students culminated with Senior Projects and the tradition of Senior Dinner.