With college applications and final exams behind them — for now — the 96 members of Providence High School’s Class of 2011 said their goodbyes at commencement Saturday.
“I’m excited to go to college because it seems like more freedom,” said Natalie Ohrt, who will enroll in the fall at Cal State Channel Islands. “But I am sad because I will miss my friends every day.”
The ceremony drew a packed crowd to Liberty Hall at Forest Lawn, Hollywood, where guests created their own audio track of applause after a faulty sound system rendered the entrance song inaudible.
Interim Head of School Michael Collins, who was celebrating his final Providence graduation, praised the students for their stewardship of the school and of one another. He paid special recognition to class valedictorian Mark Quintos and salutatorian Ana Solis, who finished with 4.31 and 4.27 grade-point averages, respectively.
“Graduates, your faith, your talents and your goodwill have been extremely critical to our school’s current status and help assure Providence High School’s momentum into this decade and beyond,” Collins said.