The Cambrian

Cambria graduates walk across big stage next week

It’s time to iron those gowns, try on the caps and get ready for the flurry of graduations that make early June so special.

Parking accommodations usually are packed, so arriving early is advised, and carpooling is appreciated.


Leffingwell High School starts off the trio of celebrations at 1 p.m. June 8. The small school’s graduation is an emotional event for students, families, friends and teachers.

Four students will graduate, and Rebecca Adams is the valedictorian.

The school is at 2820 Santa Rosa Creek Road. For details, call 805-927-7148.

Santa Lucia

The middle school’s graduation starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, in Santa Lucia’s gymnasium.

School officials said Tuesday, May 31, that they didn’t yet have a final count of graduates, and Principal Kyle Martin hadn’t yet announced who the student speakers would be, preferring to “keep it a surprise,” secretary/registrar Courtney Hartzell said.

The school is at 2850 Schoolhouse Lane.

Coast Union

The high school’s graduation starts at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the school’s trademark gym. Officials expect there’ll be 48 graduates.

According to Carrol Adams, school secretary/registrar, the 2016 valedictorian is Xue DiMaggio, who will attend UCLA. The co-salutatorians are Reagan Kniffen (Chapman University in Orange), Alexis Mireles (Cuesta/USC) and Katrina Cleave (UCSB).

According to stats provided by Adams, 27 students expect to pursue their higher education at Cuesta College, three at Cal Poly and one is going into the military. Others plan to attend various city and state colleges and universities, including one who is enrolled at Oregon State University.

Some who will start in community college have already selected where they’ll finish their education, including USC, Cabrillo College, Santa Monica City College, Cal State Bakersfield and the National K-9 Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio.