Thousands of people packed into Armando DeLucas Stadium Friday for Douglas High School’s graduation ceremony that saw 270 seniors receive their diplomas.
Jordan Acosta, left, and Carley Acosta, right, move their tassels from the right to the left signifying they are officially Douglas High School graduates at Friday’s Commencement ceremony at Douglas High School. Bruce Whetten/Douglas Dispatch
The event also featured two blank chairs covered in a white cloth with flowers placed on them in memory of two former classmates, Cassandra Machado and Guillermo Gutierrez, who had passed away prior to graduating.
Senior Class President Valeria Cordova spoke about her two classmates in an emotional speech early in the graduation and asked for a moment of silence was held in their behalf.
“It is sad to say it takes a tragic moment to bring us all together,” she said. “But that’s the irony of life. It takes one unfortunate event to realize just how fortunate you are.”
Salutatorian Edgar Aguayo spoke about the memories he’s had of the last four years at DHS.
“Those people who have stuck with you all those years who have been by your side, they are the people who have molded you into the person you are now,” he said. “Graduation is not the end. It is only the beginning. … A beginning that is yours to make; a beginning that involves who you want to involve; a beginning to the rest of your life.”
Douglas High School honored three valedictorians this year. Kimberly Escarcega, Victoria Mariscal and Danielle Miller were each recognized for their accomplishments
Escarcega reminded her classmates not to forget to take time to laugh.
“Never forget the simple pleasures in life that bring you joy and laughter,” she said. “Life is not meant to be taken seriously all the time and finally never forget the place that you came from. Never forget your time at Douglas High School.”
“Douglas High School class of 2012 please applaud yourself; we made it,” Mariscal said in her speech. “Enjoy the moment. As you look back its hard to believe time has gone by so quickly.”
Miller thanked her family, friends and fellow classmates for their support the past four years.
“Trying times will be thrown at us as we enter the adult world,” she said. “Failures will be made and bad decisions will be chosen. But that will not define who we are or our character. However the way we act and face the consequences will.”
Mariscal was the awarded the Carlson Cup and Brandon Young won the Huber Cup.
Prior to the end of the ceremony the Douglas High School choir along with the Class of 2012 sang the class song “We are Young.”
Sgt. Jose Duarte of the Douglas Police Department said Sunday all was fairly quiet Friday and Saturday and there were no accidents or arrests for DUI for any of the graduating class.