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Providence graduates 129 seniors

June 07, 2006|By Tania Chatila

LOS ANGELES ? Relatives and friends of Providence High School's graduating class of 2006 saw growth in the students on Saturday,commencement speaker student Corwin Sanchez said.

"One man, like Christ, is made of many parts?. On a crisp September morning last year, the many parts [of this graduating class] came together for the first time," Sanchez told his fellow graduating seniors.

He stood before a crowd of more than 500 that packed the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Saturday afternoon for the Burbank school's commencement ceremony.

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"With this body, with this class, with this new chapter, the future is only the beginning," he said.

The 129 graduating seniors, dressed in green gowns, were cheered on as they walked across a stage one by one to receive their diplomas.

Students in turn applauded for the parents and teachers, who helped them in their achievement.

"That was not rehearsed," Providence Co-Vice Principal Victor LeBreton said of the students gave a standing ovation to their family members and school staff. "That's genuine."

LeBreton had a few parting tips for the seniors at the end of the graduation ceremony: "Study hard, stay safe, get some rest, be good, be with God and we will be seeing you."

At the end of the one-hour ceremony students rejoiced with family members and peers outside the Hall of Liberty.

"I feel amazing," graduating senior Kevin Go said.

"I am speechless. It's like I have this uncontrollable urge."

Go, who plans to study business administration management at California State University at Northridge, said there was one thing he would miss the most about Providence High School ? the rules.

"I'm not really a person to always get into trouble, but it's embedded in me to be honorable," he said. "I would be a different person if I didn't come here."

For Rosita Brohier, the thought of what the experience at Providence has taught her graduating daughter brought her to tears.

"It's like I have no words to explain," she said.

"I owe everything to the school. When I talk about it, it just ? I couldn't have expected anything more from them."

Lena Jones also spoke highly of the value of education students get from Providence High School.

"I think it's just wonderful what the school gives," said Jones, who flew from Oregon to watch her granddaughter graduate.

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