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Spring 2024 Community School and Sr. Extension Grads Honored

Graduates Move Tassels Proudly at Inspiring Ceremony

Seated graduates wearing black caps and gowns

More than 100 SCOE students—from multiple Community School and Senior Extension Program sites—were honored at a spring graduation ceremony.

Shifting the tassel from right to left during a graduation ceremony is a tradition that signifies the culmination of an academic journey, the pride of achievement, and the transition to a new phase of life.

On May 22, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) proudly awarded high school diplomas to 126 students from various SCOE Community School and Senior Extension Program sites at the Sacramento Scottish Rite Event Center.

Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon praised the graduates, saying, “You’ve conquered adversity, rising above challenges, and breaking down barriers with hard work. Your abilities are boundless, and you’re ready to take the next big step.”

RoLanda Allaha Wilkins, founder and Executive Director of Earth Mama Healing, Inc., delivered an inspirational message to the graduates before they received their diplomas, celebrated by cheering family members. “Life is always about a struggle, but it’s what you do with the opportunity that you have.”

Superintendent Gordon also urged the graduates to apply for a $1,000 Gary K. Hart Resiliency Scholarship, which provides financial assistance for further education and vocational training beyond high school.

SCOE partnered with the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) to provide a live video broadcast of the ceremony. A recording of the graduation is embedded below.

About Community Schools and the Senior Extension Program

SCOE’s Community School sites provide core academics and interventions aligned with education standards, along with additional support, counseling, and the opportunity for career exploration and career technical education courses. The schools also serve as hubs for SCOE’s Senior Extension Program. Students earn credits while still fulfilling work and family obligations—things that might otherwise have prevented them from completing their high school education.

Dave Gordon shaking hands with a graduate

Superintendent Gordon, shaking hands with a graduate, urged the students to apply for a $1,000 scholarship.

Graduate shaking hands with trustees

Board President Bina Lefkovitz (center) and Vice President Alfred Brown (left) helped congratulate the graduates.

RoLanda Allaha Wilkins speaking

RoLanda Allaha Wilkins delivered the commencement address.

Graduate shaking hands with dignitaries