ATASCADERO — This week hundreds of local graduating high school seniors will, for the last time as a student, weave through the crowded hallways on campus, run laps around the track, cram to study for AP tests and cheer for their home sports teams.
While graduation will mark the end of a four-year-long journey many feared would never come, it will also mark the beginning of a lifetime full of new memories. After accepting their diploma and crossing the stage, seniors will be on their way to a bright future — whatever and wherever that may be.
While Templeton High School seniors already celebrated their graduation last Thursday, Atascadero and Paso Robles High School students will do so this week.
The 96th commencement for Atascadero High School will take place Wednesday, June 14 at 6 p.m., AHS registrar staff member Debbie Peterson said. Crowds of family and close friends cheering words of encouragement will swarm the Atascadero Memorial football stadium to watch the ceremony and evening’s commencement.
“This year’s graduating class includes roughly 250 students,” Peterson said.
According to Darcy Price, the secretary to the vice principal of curriculum, a valedictorian has not yet been selected.
PRHS seniors will experience that same recognition on Friday, June 16, according to PRHS administrative receptionist Carmen Garcia.
“The ceremony will take place at Flamson Middle School and will begin at 6 p.m.,” she said. “Tickets are not needed for entrance to the event.”
Both graduations will feature a commencement address by various faculty members as well as different student body representatives, who together, have significantly impacted and positively influenced the lives of these students day in and day out for the past four years.
Together, these teams will congratulate the students on their long and challenging, but ultimately rewarding efforts and welcome them with open arms into this new chapter of their young lives.