Members of the Live Oak High School Class of 2023 are ready to take the stage for the June 9 commencement ceremony at the school’s East Main Avenue campus. Photo: Tarmo Hannula

Hundreds of seniors graduated from Morgan Hill Unified School District’s three high schools last week, eager to begin their next steps toward adulthood and independence. 

Central High School’s commencement ceremony took place June 8 at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center amphitheater. Forty-five students graduated from Central, the district’s continuation school. The student speaker was Class of 2023 graduate Destiny Mauricio. 

Ann Sobrato and Live Oak high schools held their Class of 2023 graduation ceremonies on June 9 at each campus’s respective athletic field. Sobrato’s class totaled 373 graduates, while 245 graduated from Live Oak. 

The Sobrato class’s valedictorian is Aaron Tran, and the salutatorian is Nathan Tran. Live Oak’s valedictorian and salutatorian are, respectively, Gianna Vallez and Isabella Fredericks. 

Taylor Calupad and Jordan Hay are geared up and ready for their graduation June 9 at Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill. Photo: Tarmo Hannula

MHUSD Board of Education President Dr. Ivan Rosales Montes, just prior to the commencement ceremonies, wrote in the district’s School News Roll Call that the Class of 2023’s achievements are “a testament to the collective and exceptional support they have received from our entire community.” 

Montes added his and the board’s thanks to the teachers, staff and administrators at Ann Sobrato, Live Oak and Central high schools. He also called out the high school seniors’ parents for their “ongoing support” contributing to the teens’ milestone. 

“Graduates, as the school year draws to a close, we reflect on the remarkable journey we have embarked upon together,” Montes continued in the newsletter. “You are the embodiment of hope and promise for the future. As you step into the next chapter of your lives, remember the foundation of knowledge, values and friendships that you have cultivated during your time with MHUSD. We believe in your potential to achieve greatness, and we are confident that you will make a positive difference in the world. We are immensely proud of each and every one of you.”

Central High School’s Class of 2023 takes the stage at their June 8 commencement ceremony at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center. Contributed photo
Live Oak High School graduate Maya Malinowski shows off her “Enchantment Table Cap” prior to receiving her diploma at the school’s June 9 commencement ceremony. Photo: Tarmo Hannula
Some of the Sobrato High School graduates cram in tight for a group portrait before their June 9 graduation ceremony. Photo: Tarmo Hannula
Live Oak High School teacher QA Nguyen stops for a photo with Class of 2023 graduates Alexa Palomera, Keira Yamashita, Sarah Sandoval and Xitlali Ontiveros. Photo: Tarmo Hannula
Sobrato High School Class of 2023 Valedictorian Aaron Tran leads the procession into the school’s June 9 graduation ceremony. Photo: Tarmo Hannula
Donna Gallardo helps her son, Zachary, prepare for graduation before Live Oak High School’s June 9 commencement ceremony for the Class of 2023. Photo: Tarmo Hannula
Sobrato High seniors file in for the June 9 commencement ceremony. Photo: Tarmo Hannula
Members of the Central High School Class of 2023 were congratulated by MHUSD officials as they received their diplomas June 8. Contributed photo.
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Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.


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