Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe high school seniors from the Tempe Union High School District are preparing for a milestone achievement — graduation.
This Thursday will be an evening for seniors to begin their step forward into adulthood: pursuing careers in the workforce, serving in the military, or furthering their education by going to college.
It’s where students have endless possibilities for the future and their potential will shine bright as they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
Desert Vista’s graduating class stands at 742, while Mountain Pointe’s is 651.
“I feel honored to have served as principal to such an amazing community. I feel appreciated because many people have been so kind to thank me for leading DV and I have been able to thank them for their trust and support over the years,” said Dr. Anna Battle, who is in her last year as principal at Desert Vista. “There are so many ways that I am grateful and reminded of how special Desert Vista is. I gave my very best everyday and I am humbly honored by the love and care I have received from students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff over the years. I have had a great career at DV; therefore, I have been blessed.”
Mary Keller, assistant principal for student services at Mountain Pointe, said she looks forward to graduation because students are so proud of what they’ve accomplished.
“You can see it in their faces, the sense of accomplishments and the pride in their families. I look forward to seeing the families and the students being together because it’s an accomplishment for these kids to graduate and work hard for four years,” she said. “They realize the hard work was worth the effort. Now they have graduated and they have their whole lives to look forward to. ”
Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe’s graduation ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. this Thursday, May 22, on the football fields.
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