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Salutatorian Calista Rugama receives her diploma from President Sr. Kathleen Callaway and Principal Mary E. Mansell.
Empowered and ready to make a difference in the world, the class of 2019 celebrated on May 25 in the Rose Heath gardens of Ramona Convent. It was a picture-perfect day for Ramona's traditional graduation ceremony where 71 graduates walked down the aisle with confidence and joy, holding their yellow roses and smiling excitedly at proud relatives and friends.
Calista Rugama, salutatorian, shared with her class and guests: “How do we connect our future with our experiences at Ramona? The answer is within us - empowerment. We’re eager to meet the benefits and challenges of the world. Having graduated from an all-girls, Catholic high school, we will serve with compassion, diligence, and integrity. We leave Ramona to continue exploring, inquiring, and learning. There is nothing we cannot accomplish.” Ms. Rugama is looking forward to continuing her educational journey at the University of California – Davis in the fall.
Ramona graduates have been accepted to colleges across the country with $11,949,543 in merit scholarships. Fifty-two percent of the class received Life Membership to the California Scholarship Federation, and 37% are National Honor Society members. Upholding their commitment to service and social justice as they continue to lead and serve in the evolving global environment, they have collectively completed 13,707 hours of service.
Ramona was honored to welcome guest speaker Monica Solorzano ’98, assistant director for Governmental Relations at the University of California – Santa Barbara, where she serves as the liaison between the university and local political leadership. She expressed her gratitude for her Ramona education and shared an important message with the class of 2019: “The beauty of a Ramona education is that it helps to set you up for different paths and then lets you choose what you feel is best for you. It’s having a light that you will carry with you that will brighten your way from today through your next 20 years and beyond. I am so grateful to have had that light, and I hope it will stay strong for all of you.”