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Coast Union seniors poised to graduate

Coast Union graduated 62 students in 2009 ceremonies, seen here. Fewer will graduate this year, but many are going on to top universities.
Coast Union graduated 62 students in 2009 ceremonies, seen here. Fewer will graduate this year, but many are going on to top universities. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Coast Union High School’s graduation ceremonies start at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the school gym. There are supposed to be 48 graduates, but officials didn’t expect to be able to confirm that number before press deadline.

“It often goes right down to the wire,” said Carrol Adams, secretary registrar.

The class of 2016 “has been a very motivated and enthusiastic group of students,” according to Cheryl Seay, counselor to the class.

Because parking space is limited, carpooling to the ceremony is recommended, and attendees should arrive early, especially if they have mobility or other medical issues.

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 (UC Santa Barbara).

According to stats provided by Adams, 27 students expect to pursue their higher education at Cuesta College, three at Cal Poly, three at Santa Barbara City College, and one is going into the military.

Two students plan to attend Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. Others plan to attend a potpourri of city and state colleges and universities, including state universities in Northridge, Sacramento and Bakersfield, universities of California in Irvine, Merced and Riverside, Santa Monica City College and Pacific Union College in Angwin.

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

Graduation ceremonies were to have been held at Leffingwell High School (1 p.m.) and Santa Lucia Middle School on Wednesday, June 8 (6 p.m.).

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