Bulldogs celebrate first graduation in new stadium
by TP staff
Jun 02, 2014 | 5434 views | 2 2 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy High Class of 2014 graduates
Michael Frymer celebrates after receiving his diploma Saturday during the graduation ceremony at Wayne Schneider Stadium for the Tracy High School Class of 2014. Michael Ellis Langley/Tracy Press
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The 418 graduates of the Tracy High Class of 2014 became the first students to hold commencement ceremonies on the new Peter B. Kyne Field at Wayne Schneider Stadium.

The Saturday graduation ceremony was also the last attended by retiring Tracy Unified School District Superintendent Dr. James Franco. Franco gave a short speech before presenting the Class of 2014 as qualified to graduate.

“Thank you so much for your potential. Your potential is endless and your possibility for success is unlimited,” Franco said. “Don’t stop believing in yourselves. Keep moving onward, upward, and welcome each new challenge as an opportunity for success.”

Following his speech, Tracy High Principal Jason Noll, a 1993 THS graduate, presented Franco with an honorary diploma and a 2014 class ring specifically designed for the superintendent.

“Not only has Dr. Franco been my boss for 14 years, he was my principal in middle school and principal here in Tracy High School,” Noll said. “He’s a mentor, an exemplar and a friend.”

The students erupted in cheers when Noll added, “He’s finally graduated.”

Jabril Muhammad was the senior commencement speaker and exhorted his classmates to go out into the world and be gentle entrepreneurs, honest politicians and charitable philanthropists.

Aditya Gupta and Hilarie Sit were the class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Gupta and Devra Asah received Outstanding Senior awards.

• Contact Michael Ellis Langley at mlangley@tracypress.com or 830-4231.


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June 02, 2014
What a beautiful ceremony, Dr. Franco is such a wonderful man and it brought tears to my eyes hearing him speak to the kids about their futures. Principal Noll was witty, Jabril did a wonderful job too. It was one of the best graduations I have been to. The weather was perfect and the stadium is absolutely beautiful. I was so proud to have a daughter graduating in such a beautiful stadium and proud to be a former bulldog myself. Congratulations Graduates!!!
June 02, 2014
Best Senior address ever. Very witty

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