Ramona Convent celebrates class of 2021

Salutatorian Lauren Knapp, center, stops for a quick photo with classmates Grace Fruto, Kiara Blanco, Stacy Giu, and Erica Rodrigeuz before addressing the Class of 2021 to kick off the commencement ceremony.

Ramona Convent Secondary School celebrated the Class of 2021 with a more intimate gathering of immediate family members following COVID-19 restrictions. In a mostly traditional fashion, the students wore long white dresses or fitted white pantsuits and carried bouquets of yellow roses as they walked the red carpet and took their places on stage. The graduates were radiant and delighted that they were able to have an in-person graduation. Representing the senior class, Salutatorian Lauren Knapp connected Ramona’s history and core values when addressing her class:

"Although our journey at Ramona ends here, we take inspiration from the words of Mother Marie-Rose, who reminds us that, as long as we 'tread along the same way,' we might as well 'lend a hand to one another.' Don't forget to reach out to one another and care about each other. While this chapter ends here, another begins. I know you will be going on to do amazing things, and this is certainly not the last time we will hear your names in celebration."

Denise Valadez, Ed.D '96, associate superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orange, shared some of her school experiences with the graduates and challenged them to seize the moment and make the most of opportunities offered to them to achieve their fullest potential.  The graduates have been accepted to a variety of colleges including all campuses of the University of California and California State University, as well as private and out-of-state universities including Loyola Marymount, University of San Diego, University of La Verne, Mount St. Mary's, Barnard, Fordham, Cottey College, Lasell College, Mount Holyoke, Grand Canyon University, and more. The list of scholarships awarded to the graduates speaks to their academic excellence as does the fact that 64% earned Life Membership in the California Scholarship Federation (CSF), and 51% are members of the National Honor Society (NHS).

Ramona is a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades nine through12. Ramona graduates face the future with an extraordinary education, a global vision fueled by Catholic values, an independent spirit, confident leadership skills, the support of their Ramona sisters, and the strength of a legacy of more than 130 years of excellence.

Ramona Convent Secondary School is located at 1701 W. Ramona Road, Alhambra 91803. For more information, call 626-282-4151, or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.


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Jan 2022


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