Alternative High Schools graduate

MOTHER’S LOVE - Her cheeks wet with tears of pride, Maria Salomon embraces her son Jamie following the Apollo High School commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

MOTHER’S LOVE – Her cheeks wet with tears of pride, Maria Salomon embraces her son Jamie following the Apollo High School commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

HE’LL BE MISSED - Apollo High School counselor Jackie Hardie embraces graduating senior Kyle Goldstein as she presents him with his diploma at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

HE’LL BE MISSED – Apollo High School counselor Jackie Hardie embraces graduating senior Kyle Goldstein as she presents him with his diploma at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

MADE A DIFFERENCE - Indian Hills High School graduate Christian DiMaggio gives a red rose to his mother Angie Cimaglio to symbolize his gratitude for her support through high school during the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 12.

MADE A DIFFERENCE – Indian Hills High School graduate Christian DiMaggio gives a red rose to his mother Angie Cimaglio to symbolize his gratitude for her support through high school during the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 12.

YOU DID IT - Indian Hills High School graduate Alejandro Ronquillo accepts a congratulatory handshake from his principal, Larry Misel, at the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 12.

YOU DID IT – Indian Hills High School graduate Alejandro Ronquillo accepts a congratulatory handshake from his principal, Larry Misel, at the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 12.

TOUCHING MOMENT - Indian Hills HIgh School graduate Alex Fleig listens as his grandmother Anita Rossien tells him how much his grandfather would be proud of him following the commencement ceremony, also attended by his mother Laura Dampf and uncle Bob Dampf, on Wednesday, June 12.

TOUCHING MOMENT – Indian Hills HIgh School graduate Alex Fleig listens as his grandmother Anita Rossien tells him how much his grandfather would be proud of him following the commencement ceremony, also attended by his mother Laura Dampf and uncle Bob Dampf, on Wednesday, June 12.

GRAD’S BEST FRIEND - Simi Valley Adult School GED recipient Dominique Taylor smiles at her friends and family as she walks with her service dog, Thor, to receive her certificate at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

GRAD’S BEST FRIEND – Simi Valley Adult School GED recipient Dominique Taylor smiles at her friends and family as she walks with her service dog, Thor, to receive her certificate at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

THANKS FOR BELIEVING - Simi Valley Adult School senior Gabby Choi breaks down crying as she thanks her family for their support in a speech at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

THANKS FOR BELIEVING – Simi Valley Adult School senior Gabby Choi breaks down crying as she thanks her family for their support in a speech at the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

FINAL STEP - Simi Valley Adult School graduates move their tassels from right to left as a symbol of their achievement during the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

FINAL STEP – Simi Valley Adult School graduates move their tassels from right to left as a symbol of their achievement during the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

FAMILY LOVE - Simi Valley Adult School graduate Jennifer Maddox shares a happy moment with her cousin James, 1, as he checks out her cap and tassel following the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

FAMILY LOVE – Simi Valley Adult School graduate Jennifer Maddox shares a happy moment with her cousin James, 1, as he checks out her cap and tassel following the commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

CELEBRATING - The Oak View High School 2013 graduating class takes a moment for the traditional tossing of the caps following the commencement ceremony on Friday, June 14.

CELEBRATING – The Oak View High School 2013 graduating class takes a moment for the traditional tossing of the caps following the commencement ceremony on Friday, June 14.

FAMILY SUPPORT - Hannah Rome tells her great-grandson Corey Spero how proud she is of his accomplishment following the Oak View High School commencement ceremony on Friday, June 14.

FAMILY SUPPORT – Hannah Rome tells her great-grandson Corey Spero how proud she is of his accomplishment following the Oak View High School commencement ceremony on Friday, June 14.

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