Mt Oaks graduation

Mountain Oaks students look on as a classmate speaks during Friday’s commencement ceremony. 

 

On Friday evening, 62 students graduated from Mountain Oaks School in San Andreas during a lengthy ceremony that recognized each student’s academic achievements and encouraged all teachers and students to speak.

Mountain Oaks, a non-classroom based public charter school, does not have a valedictorian or salutatorian. According to school administrator Bill Redford, each year “Mountain Oaks mentor teachers present each graduate to the audience and provide a short speech about the student, what makes them special and what they will be doing after graduation. Every student is also provided the opportunity to share a short speech of their own when being presented.”

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Dakota is a Bret Harte High School alumna and attended Davidson College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Arab studies. After spending time studying in the Middle East and Europe, she is happy to be home, writing about the community she loves.

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