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November 23, 1993 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wearing a royal blue gown and a cap with a red, yellow and blue tassel, 17-year-old Brice Dickerson realized his last goal of high school Monday night. Brice, who has a form of brain cancer, became the first graduate of Fountain Valley High School's Class of 1994. With a standing ovation and thundering applause by the more than 300 students, friends, teachers and family members in attendance, Brice was awarded his diploma during the special early commencement ceremony.
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July 1, 1993 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"There are two places in life where time drags on -- prison and high school. " --Excerpt from student graduation address * At long, long last, they were outta there. Every last one of them. At 8:34 p.m. Tuesday, on a football field flooded with light, the last of 640 graduating seniors from Van Nuys High School pranced past the principal's podium to a thunderous student ovation--one that seemed to release three long years of emotional and intellectual tension.
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August 23, 1991 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"We want to be able to run our own apartments, to show the city we can do it," Andres Castellon, a tenant at the Estrada Courts public housing project, said as he tried on a rented cap and gown. The outfit was for graduation ceremonies this weekend at Estrada, where tenants have pioneered a small but growing movement to run and eventually own their housing complexes.
SPORTS
August 22, 1990 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The basic requirements have been met and the paper work is in order. Confirmation was received six weeks ago. Cal State Northridge athletics, 30 years old and tops in its class, finally is set to graduate. On Aug. 31, when its women's volleyball team takes part in a tournament at Arizona State, Northridge officially will join the high-rent district of college sports--National Collegiate Athletic Assn. Division I.
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June 21, 1990 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They don't call it commencement "exercises" for nothing. Just ask the 543 eighth-graders who gathered on the lawn at San Marcos Junior High Wednesday. Just 24 hours before, as the afternoon sun beat down on 13 rows of folding chairs on the school's well-kept lawn, Principal Susan Maki had led the students in a series of drills--all part of a good-natured attempt to make Wednesday's rite of passage as graceful as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1989 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Helen Waters Bamber zipped up the flowing black gown, then adjusted her mortarboard. Its silk tassel hung limply over her left ear. But, she wondered, inspecting herself in the mirror, was it supposed to hang to the right? Sunday. Graduation Day, 1989. Bamber and 22 of her classmates had crowded into a conference room at Chapman College's Memorial Hall to dress for commencement. From their nervous chatter ("This robe is hot!" "What do I do with the tassel?") they sounded like typical graduating seniors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1989
Your articles on the Cal State Northridge graduation plans seem to ignore the majority, the hard-working students who have succeeded. These students are adults who persevered for one reason--the college diploma. For the CSUN Administration to replace that moment of recognition with a Hollywood Bowl performance seems to me to ignore the real stars. As a college dropout more than once, I admire those who finished. I believe they should be honored by receiving that precious piece of paper in the traditional manner and dispense with the entertainment and lengthy speeches.
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June 22, 1988 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
There were tears in the eyes of Richard and Vicki Eveleth Tuesday afternoon while they watched the 443 graduates of La Jolla High School march to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" on the athletic field. Downtown, Philip Diehl's eyes watered as 149 seniors from Lincoln High received their diplomas one-by-one on the stage of Golden Hall Tuesday night.
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June 5, 1988 | STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writer
On Saturday, her graduation day, Stephanie Scofield of Fullerton finally learned the identity of her mysterious benefactor who secretly had paid more than $2,000 a year in tuition so she could attend a Catholic girls' school in Fullerton. During those four years, Stephanie studied hard to earn a 3.37-grade-point average, played hard to become a Southern California volleyball star and wondered who she had to thank for her opportunities.
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June 26, 1987 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Juvenile Court Judge David O. Carter told colleagues eight months ago that he didn't know if his "go to school or go to jail" program would work. But he wanted to try it anyway. Thursday, he proudly listened to the results. It was graduation day for 61 juveniles who had made it through Carter's program. Court officials helped them celebrate with hot dogs, cake and lemonade on the pavement next to Juvenile Court in Orange. Later they got tickets to an Angels baseball game.
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