The graduating classes of three Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) campuses donned caps and gowns on June 7 for commencement exercises.
Held in the gymnasium of SCOE's Leo A. Palmiter High School, the morning ceremony acknowledged the academic achievements of the 15 students graduating from Palmiter High School, North Area Community School, and Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School.
The six Elinor Lincoln Hickey School students were additionally recognized as members of the first graduating class of the school since its formal dedication in January.
County School Board Trustee and school namesake Elinor L. Hickey assisted Principals Carmen Walker and Dr. Joe Petterle in presenting diplomas to the students. Assistant Superintendent Robin M. Pierson joined in congratulating the graduates.
In addressing the graduating class, County Superintendent David W. Gordon challenged students to try new things and seek opportunities.
"You are leaving these campuses with more than a piece of paper; you have new skills and experiences that will carry you out into the workforce, and possibly further, to higher education," Superintendent Gordon said.
Superintendent Gordon also commended the graduates for their efforts during the school year to help with community causes such as Habitat for Humanity and Loaves and Fishes.
The schools' eighth graders were also introduced and honored with certificates of promotion to high school.
Several hundred family members, friends, mentors, school faculty, and staff cheered the graduates and celebrated at a reception following the ceremony.