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Volcano Vista High School

Graduation Ceremony Video

Graduation Details

Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Location:Nusenda Community Stadium
  • Flower: White Rose
  • Song: “We Are Young” (ft. Janelle Monáe) by Fun
  • Motto: “Stay positive; test negative”

Commencement Program

  • Welcome: George Woods - Activities Director, Volcano Vista High School
  • Processional: Pomp and Circumstance written by Edward Elgar
  • Presentation of Colors: Volcano Vista AFJROTC, Major Tom Campbell & Sgt. Adrian Wineland
  • National Anthem: written by Francis Scott Key
  • Introduction of Platform Guests: Joshua Wood - Student Body President
  • Commencement Address: Kaitlyn Pankratz - Valedictorian, Sean Pankretz - Valedictorian
  • Recorded Remarks: 2021 Salutatorians Paige Eizaguirre, Nicholas Mazariegos, Matthew Mulder
  • Reflections of Years Past: 2021 Class Officers
  • A Message From the Principal: Melissa Sedillo - Principal, Volcano Vista High School
  • Presentation of Graduates: Paula Nunez - Assistant Principal of Curriculum
  • Reading of Names: Benjamin Martinez & Nathan Neidigk
  • Closing Remarks: Joshua Wood - Student Body President
  • Tassel Moving/Closing: George Woods - Activities Director

Honor Cords

  • 4.0 GPA - Black, White, Platinum
  • Art National Honor Society - Multi
  • Bilingual - Purple/Black
  • English NHS - Blue
  • French National Honor Society - Blue/White
  • German Nat’l Honor Society - Black/Red/Yellow
  • Math National Honor Society - Yellow/Lt. Blue
  • Music National Honor Society - Pink
  • National Honor Society - Blue/Gold
  • NMASC Scholars - Red/Yellow/Turquoise
  • Quill & Scroll - Navy
  • Spanish National Honor Society - Red/Yellow
  • TSA - Red/White/Blue
  • Thespian - Royal Blue/Yellow

2021 Class Officers

  • President Karen Hernandez
  • Vice President Ariana Gonzales
  • Secretary Eli Burciaga

2021 Class Sponsors

  • Ms. Holmes
  • Mrs. Stribling

2021 Special Guests

  • Paige Eizaguirre: Salutatorian
  • Nicholas Mazariegos: Salutatorian
  • Matthew Mulder: Salutatorian
  • Jack Kolich: SB First Vice President
  • Jade Mendoza: SB Second Vice President
  • Raige Arnold: SB Sgt at arms
  • Tais Periera: SB Treasurer
  • Diego Alderete: SB Officer of Engagement
  • LeAness D’Elia: Liaison
  • Ariana Gonzales: Senior Class VP
  • Eli Burciaga: Senior Class Secretary
  • Scott Elder: Superintendent
  • Amanda DeBell: Int. Ass. Sup. Learning Zone 3
  • Peggy Muller Aragon: Board of Ed. Dist. 2
  • Melissa Sedillo: Principal
  • Manuel Alzaga: Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Kristopher Johnson: Assistant Principal
  • Paula Nunez: Assistant Principal
  • Michelle Tregembo: Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Vickie Bannerman: Past Principal
  • Benjamin Martinez: Faculty
  • Nathan Neidigk: Faculty

Acknowledgments

Volcano Vista Administration

  • Melissa Sedillo - Principal
  • Michelle Allen - Assistant Principal
  • Manuel Alzaga - Assistant Principal
  • Paula Nunez - Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Shenja Jewell - UC Academy Dean
  • Dr. Kristopher Johnson - UC Academy Dean
  • Andrew Urquidez - Dean of Discipline
  • George Woods - Activities Director
  • Ron McMath - Athletic Director

Platform Guests

  • Karen Contreras Hernandez - Senior Class President
  • Kaitlyn Pankratz - Valedictorian
  • Sean Pankretz  - Valedictorian
  • Joshua Wood - Student Body President
  • George Woods - Activities Director

APS Board of Education

  • Dr. David Peercy - President
  • Lorenzo Garcia - Vice President
  • Yolan da Montoya-Cordova - Secretary
  • Peggy Muller‐Aragón
  • Barbara Petersen
  • Candelaria Patterson
  • Elizabeth Armijo

APS Leadership Team

  • Scott Elder - Superintendent
  • Gene Saaved - Interim Associate Superintendent, Zone 1
  • Dr. Antonio Gonzales - Associate Superintendent, Zone 2
  • Amanda DeBell - Interim Associate Superintendent, Zone 3
  • Troy Hughes - Associate Superintendent, Zone 4
  • Stephanie Fascitelli - Interim Associate Superintendent, Special Education
  • Dr. Madelyn Serna Mármol - Associate Superintendent, Equity, Instruction
  • Tami Coleman - Chief Financial Officer
  • Todd Torgerson - Chief of Human Resources and Legal Services
  • Dr. Richard Bowman - Chief Information and Strategy Officer
  • Dr. Gabriella Blakey - Interim Chief Operations Officer
  • Yvonne Garcia - Chief of Schools
  • Brenda Yager - Executive Director of Board of Education Services
  • Monica Armenta - Executive Director of Communications
  • Steve Gallegos - Chief of School Police
  • Shannon Barnhill - Executive Director of APS Education Foundation
  • Shelly Green - Executive Director of the APS Service Center
  • Julianne Hix - Executive Director of Budget and Strategic Planning
  • Aimee Milazzo - Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Shellmarie Harris - Executive Director of Educational Technology
  • Valerie Hoose - Executive Director of Labor Relations
  • John Dufay -  Executive Director of Maintenance and Operations
  • Dr. Kristine Meurer - Executive Director of Student, Family and Community Supports
  • Penelope Buschardt - Executive Director of Title I
  • Francesca Verploegh - Senior Director of Office of Innovation
  • Johanna King - Director of Communications

Attending the Ceremony

  • Graduates will be limited to four (4) guests each*
  • Each guest will be required to have an admission wristband to enter the Nusenda Community Stadium or Albuquerque Civic Plaza (admission wristbands will be distributed to graduating seniors by each graduate's school)
  • Masks or cloth-face coverings are required by all attending or participating in the ceremony.

*If Bernillo County moves back into Yellow Level Restrictions, Graduates will be limited to two (2) guests each.

Viewing Alternatives 

Those unable to attend ceremonies will be provided with viewing options.  Ceremonies will be live-streamed along with being recorded and posted to the district's graduation webpage for future viewing.  Information for accessing live stream ceremonies and recordings of ceremonies is available on the district's graduation webpage.