Arroyo Grande High School’s Doug Hitchen Stadium was a sea of blue hats and gowns Thursday evening as 460 graduates cheered, batted beach balls and waited for their turn to stride across the stage to accept their diplomas.
Sixty-five seniors are graduating with GPAs of 4.0 and higher, according to school administrators.
About 110 of the students will head to California public universities in the fall, including 28 who plan to attend Cal Poly.
Two are going to Stanford University, and others are to attend Brown University, New York University, Texas Christian University, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, school records show.
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About 215 students plan to continue their education at Cuesta College or Santa Maria's Allan Hancock College. In addition, 13 students are joining the military, including the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.
“Your path doesn’t have to be the same as the person sitting next to you, but you could both end up being very successful and probably will,” said 17-year-old Cameron Arnet, one of the school’s two valedictorians along with Lauren Hayashi.
Arnet, who will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the high point of his high school career was playing varsity volleyball for four years.
Class salutatorians included Sophia Bylsma, Alyssa Nevis and Quillan Smith.