More than 3,900 seniors graduated from Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline, Westwood and East Valley Academy high schools.
On Thursday, May 22, 2014, Mesa Public Schools honored more than 3,900 students at graduation ceremonies in high school stadiums across the district.
Dr. Michael Cowan, superintendent, and Governing Board members joined school administrators to recognize students from Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline, Westwood and East Valley Academy high schools as they received their diplomas.
The class of 2014, which includes two Flinn Scholars and a military academy appointee, was awarded more than $83 million in scholarships.
Dobson High School hosted its 33rd graduation ceremony at Mustang Stadium.
“It was a prideful evening of honoring our students’ hard work and accomplishments, made possible by the support of family, staff and community,” said Tamara Addis, principal.
Jaylia Yan, a Flinn Scholar, addressed her Mountain View High School classmates.
“Let us not be complacent and slide into ignorance,” Yan said. “Let us achieve, let us dream, let us dive into the oceans of unknown — for we aren’t simply defined by how much knowledge we have. It’s what we do with our knowledge that can make us great.”
Yan will attend Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, where she plans to major in global studies and international business.
Dr. Gerald Slemmer, principal of Red Mountain High School, said, “Our graduating class of 2014 did an outstanding job of upholding the great traditions we have at Red Mountain High School. I wish them success in future endeavors.” The longtime educator is retiring this summer.