The 418 graduates of the Tracy High Class of 2014 became the first students to hold commencement ceremonies on the new Peter B. Kyne Field at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
The Saturday graduation ceremony was also the last attended by retiring Tracy Unified School District Superintendent Dr. James Franco. Franco gave a short speech before presenting the Class of 2014 as qualified to graduate.
“Thank you so much for your potential. Your potential is endless and your possibility for success is unlimited,” Franco said. “Don’t stop believing in yourselves. Keep moving onward, upward, and welcome each new challenge as an opportunity for success.”
Following his speech, Tracy High Principal Jason Noll, a 1993 THS graduate, presented Franco with an honorary diploma and a 2014 class ring specifically designed for the superintendent.
“Not only has Dr. Franco been my boss for 14 years, he was my principal in middle school and principal here in Tracy High School,” Noll said. “He’s a mentor, an exemplar and a friend.”
The students erupted in cheers when Noll added, “He’s finally graduated.”
Jabril Muhammad was the senior commencement speaker and exhorted his classmates to go out into the world and be gentle entrepreneurs, honest politicians and charitable philanthropists.
Aditya Gupta and Hilarie Sit were the class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Gupta and Devra Asah received Outstanding Senior awards.
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