Ann Sobrato High School’s graduating class of 2021 celebrated with two commencement ceremonies the afternoon of June 4.
A total of 288 seniors graduated from Sobrato this year, according to Principal Theresa Sage. Graduates in the coming months will move onto the next stage in life to attend universities, four-year and community colleges, trade schools and enter the workforce all over the country. Two of Sobrato’s Class of ’21 grads will enter the armed services, Sage said.
“The Class of 2021 has endured many challenges during their senior year, ranging from wildfires, to a pandemic, to losing a classmate,” Sage wrote in an email to the Times. “This class has proven to be resilient and determined. While this is not the senior year we all wanted for them, we are so proud of their accomplishments.
“Our school motto is ‘do good, be GREAT,’ and the GREAT stands for Gritty, Responsible, Engaged, Accountable and Thoughtful of others. This senior class exemplifies these qualities, and they will represent our community in amazing ways.”
Student speakers at the June 4 ceremonies at Sobrato were Valedictorian Alexis Tran, Salutatorians Allison Chang and Christine Chon, Senior Class President Ashley Bell and ASB President Noah Lee.
The keynote speaker was Sobrato High School Science Teacher Heather Rottenborn.
The class was divided in half for two afternoon ceremonies in order to accommodate the graduates’ families and other spectators with room for social distancing.
The class and Sobrato faculty held a seat open in the front row among the graduates for late classmate Tyler Muhleman, who died in May, just weeks before he would have graduated. A moment of silence was also observed for Muhleman at the June 4 ceremonies.