The ceremony: 7 p.m., UC Merced's Gallo Recreation Center
School mascot: Lions
School colors: Teal, gold and black
Number of graduates: 52
Time it took for graduates to march in: 6 minutes
Greetings addressed in: English
Class speakers: Kaitlin Nichole Jarwin and Joseph Allen Warwick
What they said: Both student speakers noted that Independence High graduates have overcome much more than most students graduating from traditional high schools. "We are individualists," Jarwin said.
Added Warwick, "We are proof of hard work and dedication ... Like architects who design homes, we build the foundation for our own futures."
Scholarships: Rebecca Marie Shaner, Bloss Scholarship $300
One proud parent: Chuck Baucom, father of 18-year-old Charles David Baucom
What he said: "I'm so proud of him for making it this far. It was a long road for him, but he did it."
Principal: Claudia Anderson
What she said: "Tonight we join together to celebrate our graduates. ... For them, there are no such things as limits on their growth."
-- Corinne Reilly