Union High, Bridges High, and CLASS program celebrate graduates in 2023 commencement ceremony
Bridges High School, Capistrano Union High School, and CLASS program seniors gathered Thursday, June 1 at Union High for a commencement ceremony and to celebrate their graduation as the Class of 2023.
The ceremony began with a welcome by Principal Brittany Casey of Union High School and by Principal Luci Coppola of the Bridges/CLASS program. The graduates entered to “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar. Union High student Madison Bailen led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Union High Guidance Tech Felix Hernandez announced the scholarships and awards, and the two principals introduced the faculty and staff members of the schools.
Union High student Jessenia Ramirez was the Commencement Speaker. CUSD Board of Trustees Clerk Amy Hanacek, and Board Trustees Judy Bullockus and Michael Parham presented the diplomas. Casey and Coppola presented the Class of 2023, and Hanacek provided the Acceptance of the Class of 2023.
Bridges student Adeline Seiler, and Union High School Students of the Quarter Kevin Cruz and Hailey Peterson led the turning of the tassels.
Congratulations, Bridges High, Union High and CLASS program graduates of the Class of 2023!
See below for photos from the commencement ceremony. Scroll to the bottom to view a list of the graduates.
Bridges High School graduates
Casandra Medina Jimenez
Union High School graduates
Arthur Silva Dos Santos
Raul Salazar Villa
Scholarships and Awards presenters
Ad Astra Per Aspera: Rich and Rosalin Bellante
Simon Youth Foundation: Kiki Banuelos
Chautauqua Scholarship: Shannon Halbert
Paige Halbert Memorial Scholarship: Shannon Halbert
Capistrano Unified Management Association: Felix Hernandez
San Juan Capistrano Rotary: Felix Hernandez
Achievement Awards: Brittany Casey and Luci Coppola
State Seal of Biliteracy: Brittany Casey, awarded to Diego Cisneros
CCA Senior Pathway Completion: Brittany Casey, awarded to the following students: Isabella Anderson-Kinney, Food Service and Hospitality; Quinn Burnett, Food Service and Hospitality; Cooper DeCair, Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair
Union HS Students of the Quarter: Brittany Casey, awarded to the following students: Michael Wirth, Quarter 1; Madison Bailen, Quarter 2; Cooper DeCair, Quarter 3; Kevin Cruz and Hailey Peterson, Quarter 4