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Class of 2020 GraduationVirtual Graduation – June 28

The virtual graduation will be live at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28.

College and Career High Graduation Ceremony

Senior Celebration – May 13

Transcript

[Music]

RAQUEL REEDY, APS Superintendent: Hello, I’m Raquel Reedy Superintendent for the Albuquerque Public Schools. It breaks my heart not to be able to celebrate with you in person, but the coronavirus caused a postponement of our graduation schedule and there was absolutely nothing we could do to get around that. But I do have one thing to say. I am so proud of each and every one of you and your achievement. I also want to remind you that you are going to be forever remembered as the graduating class that thrived in the midst of a world pandemic. Now that’s something to talk about with your children and grandchildren. We would never let this week go by without figuring out a unique way to celebrate you. Let’s start with the National Anthem performed by Eldorado High School alum, who is an up and coming recording artist, Alex Stern. Alex?

ALEX STERN SINGS "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key:

[SINGING]: ♪ Oh, say can you see ♪

♪ By the dawn's early light ♪

♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪

♪ At the twilight's last gleaming ♪

♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪

♪ Through the perilous fight ♪

♪ O'er the ramparts we watched ♪

♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪

♪ And the rocket's red glare ♪

♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪

♪ Gave proof through the night ♪

♪ That our flag was still there ♪

♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled ♪

♪ Banner yet wave ♪

♪ O'er the land of the free ♪

♪ And the home of the brave ♪

DR. DAVID PEERCY, APS Board of Education, President: Our alums are amazing. I’m Dr. David Peercy, President of the APS Board of Education, and on behalf of your Board of Education, we salute you.

ELIZABETH ARMIJO, APS Board of Education, Chair: You selflessly accepted the last semester of your senior year...

CANDELARIA PATTERSON, APS Board of Education, Chair: ... without protest or complaints.

LORENZO GARCIA, APS Board of Education, Chair: Unfortunately, social distancing made it impossible to be with you as we would ordinarily in an auditorium...

BARBARA PETERSON, APS Board of Education, Chair: ... and that’s a big disappointment for us all.

PEGGY MULLER-ARAGÓN, APS Board of Education, Chair: We so wish things could be different.

YOLANDA MONTOYA-CORDOVA, APS Board of Education, Secretary: We can’t change our current situation, but we’re determined to celebrate you, and we’ve invited a few friends to help us do just that.

[TEXT ON SCREEN] An Exercise in Preparedness.

FATIMA, Highland High School: It may seem trivial to some people, and I understand that given all the pain and suffering in the world right now, but I’m 18 and so far, graduating from high school is the biggest accomplishment in my life.

ISAIAH, Atrisco Heritage Academy: No one in my APS Class of 2020 ever thought that we’d lose the last semester of our high school education to a deadly, invisible and relentless pandemic.

SYNDI, Cibola High School: And yet here we are.

JACK, La Cueva High School: Who would have known our final assignment would be an Exercise in Preparedness?

BRYAN CRANSTON, Actor: Hey, I bet you’re feeling a little crazy about now. Nervous. Months of isolation with mom and dad filling in the “friend” front. Board games, movie night, lots of healthy snacks, some unhealthy snacks, meaningful conversations. Tik Tok, dance moves with your mom, right? Anyway, I’m here to remind you that not everything is as it seems. Now, I’ve spent a few months, or years, in your city and I know a little something about the spirit of Albuquerque and its citizens and I know you’re gonna get through this. We all are going to get through this. Life is complicated. So you aren’t experiencing the tradition ceremony everyone expected, and wanted, but I’d argue that different is actually more memorable. Every graduation from every other generation has done the traditional graduation scene. You’re the exception. Don’t forget that. So, congratulations and best of luck on your own unique journey in life.

STEVEN MICHAEL QUEZADA, Actor/Commissioner: Hey Class of 2020 it’s me, Steven Michael Quezada. Hey, my friend, Bryan is right. Look, I’m extremely proud of you. You come from the Class of 2020, landmark number for all of us and you know you’re tougher than you think. You’ve been through a lot. We appreciate your dedication, to your future and just want to let you know there are people out here who are extremely proud of you. I used to sit on the Albuquerque Public School Board of Education and one of the greatest things that I was able to do, was to shake every graduating senior’s hand and I kinda missed that since I’ve become the County Commissioner, but that doesn’t mean I’m still not as proud as I was as a school board member. I’m very extremely proud of all of you and I think you should celebrate in any possible way that you can. I know you couldn’t celebrate in the regular way, but hey, you’re the Class of 2020 I know you’ll come up with something super cool.

GABRIELLE BURKHART, TV Reporter: The reports of mass shootings in movie theaters, malls, schools. It’s all tough stuff, but you got through it, and you will get through this too. It may not be what you expected, but you know what they say, difficult roads can lead to beautiful destinations.

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN, Novelist (Game of Thrones): I know it may seem hard to be sheltered away in quarantine on this pandemic, but when I contemplate that I think of what Richard Lovelace wrote many centuries ago with apologies for my tweak, “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take that for hermitage. If I have freedom in my heart, in my thoughts and free, angels alone, that soar above, enjoy such liberty.” Your imagination is your greatest asset. It’s true this pandemic has limited us all in some ways, but it’s also taught us how to rely on our individual resources to stay engaged, healthy and hopeful.

DEVON SANDOVAL, NM United: New Mexico is all about great expectations.

TROY LESESNE, NM United: We know the day is near when we’re back on the field with all of you in the stands.

PETER TREVISANI, NM United: New Mexico United wants every graduate to know how proud we are for your strong and gracious finish to this leg of your educational journey.

CHRIS RAMIREZ, TV Reporter: I’m a reporter, not a fighter, but, I just fought and won a battle against the coronavirus. Sure, the virus was terrifying, but I’m here to tell you we’re going to be OK.

DR. BARRY RAMO, Medical Expert: Congratulations to you and your families. This graduation is unique in history, and I’m sure it’s one you’ll always remember. You’ve been sequestered for several months. Not being able to go out with your friends, staying at home, not going to parties, and now no formal graduation ceremony. But throughout all of this you’ve given us a present, a graduation present, that we really appreciate. You’ve given us our lives. By staying at home and following the rules you have made us in a safer environment so that your parents and grandparents and my family and I are safer and we thank you and New Mexico thanks you. But you’ve taken care of us, how about you taking care of yourself.

MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM, Governor of New Mexico: So, I encourage you to take some time now to figure out what you do have control over in your life and do the very best you can with that. Make your plans, celebrate your milestones, live your best days now – and try not to focus on the last season of sports, prom and senior activities that didn’t happen.

RYAN STEWART, NM Secretary of Education: And I want to remind you that the truth is, you know what you’ve accomplished. COVID-19 has taken away some rites-of-passage, but it doesn’t take away from all the hard work you put in to earn your diploma. Your family and friends still recognize your effort, and the hard work you put in and your determination. We all see who you’ve become. And you give us reason to hope.

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, Actor: I think everyone you’ll hear from today agrees that every great generation has overcome adversity. If you have grandparents, ask them about that. We never know what world events will shape us, but those of you in the Class of 2020 have certainly seen your share.

DEB HAALAND, U.S. Representative: We all know this isn’t how you imagined your school years to end, but the friendships, memories and accomplishments will be yours forever.

ALEX BREGMAN, Houston Astros: Hey seniors I want you to know we’re counting on you. When times get tough, continue to pay it forward and be leaders in your community. We’re proud of you.

FORRIE J. SMITH, Actor (Yellowstone): Redefine world values so that everyone who contributes to a better world is considered essential. Thank you America’s young men and women. You are America’s future. God Bless.

BOB ODENKIRK, Actor (Better Call Saul): Here’s hoping your generation can bring us together and put an end to the hateful destructiveness that leads to the senseless loss of so many.

CHEVEL SHEPHERD, Singer: As a high school senior myself, I wonder, will it be our generation that lifts us up when we’re down, and comes together when needed most?

TIM KELLER, Mayor of Albuquerque: I believe so. On behalf of everyone who knows and loves our hometown of Albuquerque, I want to say congratulations to the Class of 2020. We can tell you from experience that some of your happiest days and moments to make memories are still ahead.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, Actor: So hold on, just a little bit longer. Before we celebrate your class, let’s remember words made famous by poet Maya Angelou – “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Let’s do this! Here’s to every senior in the class of 2020!

[GIVES A THUMBS UP.]

[CAMERA SOUND EFFECT.]

[IMAGE OF SCHOOL LOGO.]

[TEXT ON SCREEN] As the year comes to an end... we remember all of the things we were able to take part in... and even the things we weren't... but we will never forget the memories we made along the way. So here's to you!

[TEXT ON SCREEN] College and Career High School, Class of 2020.

[Montage of senior photos.]

[TEXT ON SCREEN] Congratulations!! We are so proud of you!! And now a special message from a special someone!

JUNKO FEATHERSTON: Hello Class of 2020 as you may know by now, my name is Junko Featherston and I am a proud senior here at College and Career high school. I know most of us are disappointed that we’re unable to participate in the typical senior festivities. But one thing is for sure... our spirits are as wild and vivid as ever. This setback has been a bummer, but the class of 2020 will persevere as we have done a million times before!! All of us at this school have worked unbelievably hard. All the sleepless nights, all the due dates, being at school from 8 Am all the way until 7 PM, and all the insane projects Mr. Gerhart has made us do in the past. We’ve made it! and although we will only celebrate with our families in the meantime, that should not take away from the amazing achievements we have all accomplished here at this school. All of the friends and connections we have made here with the students and staff are unlike any other. And I am grateful to be a nightwolf and a suncat. This virus will not tarnish the spirits of the class of 2020, we will be persistent, be determined, and be motivated to move forward because we are strong willed and unstoppable. As we make our way into our desired colleges just know that we are a community… whether you go to UNM or all the way to Columbia college, or brown university we are connected one way or another. With that being said, congratulations nightwolfs, the graduating class of 2020. One thing is for certain, Our postponed graduation will be one for the books. THANK YOU and stay safe.

- Junko could not have said it any better, we and all other high school graduates of 2020 are a class of resilience. Together, we must keep al look forward and keep our spirits high. as well as have faith in what is next to come. As the Senior Class President, let me introduce the College and Career High School Senior Class.

- Hi everyone, I know that for many of us, the way that this year is ending is incredibly disappointing, and believe me, I feel your pain. We’ve all worked tremendously hard over the past four years to get to this point, and each of you should know how impressive it is that you were able to endure the rigor of a dual-credit curriculum, which as we all know at this point, is no easy feat. We should all take some time to celebrate, because after all, it’s not everyday that you graduate from both High School and College at the same time. Still though, I think it’s important that we all recognize that our work is far from being done. Whatever your next steps are, whether it’s earning a 4 year degree, joining a trade school, entering the workforce, or any other path you may choose, you should know that the baton of leadership is soon going to be passed down to you. Indeed, in the not so distant future, the reigns of power will be handed down to us, and when that happens, I have no doubt in my mind that many of us will become leaders in our respective fields and communities. I don’t think that it would be a stretch to say that we’re living through rather historic times at the moment, and more so than just being aware of the troubles that face our society today, we need to recognize that it will be up to us to help deal with and address the hardships of tomorrow. Over the past year I’ve had the honor of serving as your Student Body President, and I’d like to end this speech by sharing a bit of gratitude that I’ve felt since I was first elected. Wherever I go in life, I’ll remember that it was you, the students of CCHS, who gave me my start, and you did so not only by granting me a title, but by giving me a place of belonging, affording me a sense of purpose, and bestowing upon me memories that I know I’ll hold dear for years to come. By attending CCHS, we’ve all been given a remarkable foundation for success, both academically and personally. I have tremendous hope in all of you, and I wish you good fortune in pursuing your dreams and achieving your goals. We've all been given the tools to help change the world, and now it’s up to us to use them. Thank you.

[FIREWORKS ON DISPLAY, CHEERING CROWD SOUNDS.]

[TEXT ON SCREEN] Congratulations to every senior in the Class of 2020!

[BABY YODA IN A GRADUATION CAP, HOLDING A MUG APPEARS.]

[TEXT ON SCREEN] Executive Producer, Monica Armenta. Associate Producers, Daniel Torres and Aaron Giombolini. Written by Monica Armenta. Editors, Aaron Giombolini and Daniel Torres. Motion Graphics, Brian Beeler. High School Casting: Jeanine Chavez, Justin Landis, Lacee Manus, and Jessica Martinez. Video Support: Aaron Jaramillo.

[TEXT ON SCREEN] Cast, in order of Appearance: APS Superintendent, Raquel Reedy. Recording Artist, Alex Stern. APS BOE President, Dr. David Peercy. APS Boe Member, Elizabeth Armijo. APS BOE Member, Candelaria Patterson. APS BOE Vice President, Lorenzo L. Garcia. APS BOE Member, Barbara Peterson. APS BOE Member, Peggy Muller-Aragon. APS BOE Secretary, Yolanda Montoya-Cordova. HS Senior, Fatima Olivas. HS Senior, Isaiah Manzanares. HS Senior, Syndi Burrup. HS Senior, Jack Muirhead. Actor, Bryan Cranston. Actor, Steven Michael Quezada. Special Assignment Reporter, Gabrielle Burkhart. Novelist, George R.R. Martin. NM United Player, Devon Sandoval. NM United Head Coach, Troy Lesesne. NM United Owner, Peter Trevisani. Investigative Reporter, Chris Ramirez. Medical Expert, Dr. Barry Ramo. NM Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham. NM Public Education Secretary, Ryan Stewart. Actor, Jesse Tyler Ferguson. US Representative, Deb Haaland. Professional Baseball Player, Alex Bregman. Actor, Forrie J. Smith. Actor, Bob Odenkirk. Singer, Chevel Shepherd. Albuquerque Mayor, Tim Keller. Actor, Neil Patrick Harris.

[TEXT ON SCREEN] Special Thanks to the Production Committee: Johanna King, Joseph Escobedo, Dr. Kris Meurer, Dr. Richard Bowman, Christy Albright, Chelanna Carter, Shannon Barnhill, Aaron Jaramillo, Daniel Torres, Aaron Giombolini, Brian Beeler, Camille Pansewicz, Sal Gonzales.

[TEXT ON SCREEN] Music Provided by Epidemic Sound.

"Take pride in how far you’ve come and have faith in how far you’ll go."
— Author Unknown

  • Class Flower: Sunflower
  • Class Song: "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" by Panic! at the Disco