The 81 seniors walked into the auditorium together one last time for the charter school’s sixth commencement.
Seniors traded texts with friends and snapped photos with their classmates as they waited for the ceremony to begin.
Jacob Daniel Eakin was the top student of the Class of 2013 with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
During the commencement ceremony, Alexis Hollins sang “Count on Me” to her fellow graduates and guests.
Jackie Ortega and student body president Erika Brindopke delivered the graduation speeches, saying farewell to a close-knit senior class.
“We have laughed, cried and spent way too much time together,” Brindopke said. “High school passes by way too fast, and sometimes we don’t enjoy the moment. Every one of us has a specific purpose in this world, and I hope that purpose doesn’t go to waste.”
Students filed across the stage to receive their diplomas as family and friends filling the auditorium took pictures and waved signs.
Virginia Stewart, executive director of the Tracy Learning Center, wished the students well and offered them some advice before they “flew from their nest” as Millennium High School Falcons.
Social studies teacher Dan Saldate advised the graduates to take a moment to reflect on their accomplishments and thank their families.
After the ceremony, with his diploma in hand, Gavin Compton searched out friends to hug and congratulate.
“I feel amazing,” Compton said as he celebrated with classmates outside the auditorium. “I thank God every day.”
Compton plans to enroll at Butte College in Oroville before heading to Georgia State University, where he hopes to play baseball.
Marjan Azami, another college-bound graduate, exchanged teary embraces with friends outside following the graduation ceremony.
“I’m happy we’re finally done,” Azami said. “I’m heading to Los Positas College — then I’m going to start living my life.”
Millennium High is part of Tracy Learning Center, a K-12 charter school.
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Millennium High School Class of 2013
Aguilera, Marco Antonio
Amerihsani, Kiana (University of the Pacific, $10,000 per semester)
Azami, Marjan Iman
Babon, Shealene Faye
Briggs, Rachel Leigh (Tracy Rotary Club, $750)
Brindopke, Erika Diane (Tracy Rotary Club, $1000)
Brown, Megan Leigh (Willamette University, $14,000 per semester)
Camacho Suarez, Janet Alejandra
Chavez, Alexis Gerardo
Compton, Gavin Perry Leon
Cortes-Barajas, Cazandra Cristal
Cota, Jorge Jose
Davis, Abigail Julia
Davis, Naomi Elizabeth
DeWitt, Mark Timothy
Di Geronimo, Nicholas Joseph (All-County Distinguished Student Pinnacle Award Team)
Diaz Mata, Emma Marina (Brighter Christmas, $750)
Duarte, Jacqueline Christina
Eakin, Jacob Daniel (Brighter Christmas, $750; A. Dale Lackey Scholarship, $600)
Estes, Derek Michael
Fagbolu, Oluwabukola Ayobamidele
Faultner, Terrick Michael
Fisher, Brendan James (Cash For College, $1,000)
Furlan, Karla Alexandra
Gonzalez, Cassandra Michelle
Guerrero, Alexis Marie (Menlo College, $12,000 per year; Grand Canyon University, $6,000 per year)
Guillen, Mayra Ivette
Higbe, Rakhel Elizabeth
Hollins, Alexis Stella
Hosman, Nicholas Glenn
Imgrund, Michael Andrew
Kemper, Matthew Allen
Kilburn, Benjamin Patrick
Kish, Kyle C.
Lamb, Michael James
Lambert, Alex Everett (University of Idaho, $9,000 each year)
Larson, Austin Ray
Lopez, Fernando Paul
Lukach, John William
Magtibay, Kristen Rae
Mangat, Ramanjot Kaur
Martinez, Angel Joseph
Martinez, Daryl Richard
Martinez, Diego Francisco
McEldowney, Alexander Thomas (University of Pacific, $13,000 each year; Grand Canyon University, $8,000 each year)
Miller, Colin Rhea
Miranda Montelongo, Edgar Joel
Montejano, Kevin Francisco
Murawski, Kyle Matthew (DeVry University, $2,500 per semester)
Ortega, Jacqueline Andrea
Ortega-Valdez, Adaliz (Grand Canyon University, $8,000 each year)
Pacana, Camille Arcadia Salazar
Parras, Stephen William
Pauley, Eric Edward
Pedroza, Efrain Fermin
Ravnik-Neufeld, Tianna-Marie Colleen
Reyes, Breana Andrea
Rojas, Karina Lizbeth (Tracy Hispanic Business Group, $500; Tracy Rotary Club, $1,000)
Sanchez, David Medrano
Sewak, Sheryl Suman
Shah, Nader Ali
Sixby, Timothy Logan
Smith, LaKayla Sherrel
Snodgrass, Danielle Nicole
Solares, Daniel Alexander
Viernes, Jonas Alfonso Vianni Varias
Walten, Marissa Angelica (Holy Names University, $18,000 each year)
Wasson, Eric Belanger
Wise, Sonya Marie
Wright, Devon Ashton
Yanke, Zachary Dean
Ziller, Drew Mason