December 17, 2003, was a memorable day for Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) students, families and staff. In a special morning ceremony held at SCOE's David P. Meaney Education Center, seven students received certificates acknowledging completion of their school program.
More than 200 friends, family members, SCOE teachers and staff, and fellow students cheered as the procession of graduates entered to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance." SCOE Program Specialist Tom Neary introduced each graduate, and County School Board Trustee Elinor L. Hickey presented awards. County Superintendent of Schools Dr. David P. Meaney, Deputy Superintendent Peter J. Lee and Assistant Superintendent Robin Pierson joined the celebration. Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Director Judy Holsinger was also present. Refreshments were served by SCOE Special Education staff. A highlight of the morning was a slide show depicting the graduates' years of participation in school activities and events, prepared by SCOE Program Specialist Leora Bautista-Hendricks and Executive Assistant Lorraine Bishop. Leora Bautista-Hendricks and Lorraine Bishop coordinated the graduation ceremony and reception.
The SCOE Special Education Department serves students from infancy through 22 years of age at numerous locations throughout Sacramento County. The graduating students represented seven of SCOE's school sites.