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Cordova High Celebrates Commencement Ceremony

Jun 05, 2024 11:39AM ● By Cordova High School Principal Amy Strawn, photos by Rick Sloan
Valedictorian Shanya Sobhi inspires her peers with her story.


RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - In October of last year, Cordova High School welcomed alumni from throughout the country to celebrate the 60th Homecoming.

The school spirit was electric and that enthusiasm was once again present on May 24 at the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2024.

Dr. Sarah Koligian

 Retiring Superintendent Dr. Sarah Koligian waves to the crowd after being introduced.


Three-hundred-and-seventy-three students walked across the stage and proudly received their diplomas.

The event, which took place in Lancer Stadium, was a memorable occasion for students, families and staff alike.

seniors diplomas

 Seniors sit patiently in the warm sun awaiting their diplomas.


The ceremony featured several district dignitaries, including Jennifer Laret, vice president, Folsom Cordova Board of Education; David Reid, clerk, Folsom Cordova Board of Education; Chris Clark, Folsom Cordova Board of Education; Folsom Cordova Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Sarah Koligian; Dr. Jim Huber, assistant superintendent educational services; Angela Griffin, director, communication and community engagement; and Joye McKetty, director of food services.

I gave special recognition to Superintendent Dr. Koligian who is retiring at the end of June, sharing, “Thank you for your 37 years of service in public education and for the last seven here in Folsom Cordova. Cordova High is a better place because of your leadership and, personally, I am inspired and grateful for your mentorship and example.”

Cordova Senior Choir National Anthem

 The Cordova Senior Choir performs the National Anthem.


The ceremony began with junior Emma Smiley reading the recently-adopted land acknowledgment statement by the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. The Air Force JROTC Color Guard presented the colors to the flag followed by the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Amy Strawn Cordova Principal

 Cordova High Principal Amy Strawn gives the opening remarks.


Associated Student Body President Sierra Adair and Senior Class President Francheska Escobar delivered a heartfelt speech, reminiscing about their high school journey and the bonds formed along the way.

Cordova High School

 A group of graduating seniors pose for a photo before leaving Cordova High for the last time.


My address emphasized the importance of a growth mindset encouraging graduates to continue learning and growing. 

Lancer Stadium seniors

 Three-hundred-and-seventy-three seniors parade into Lancer Stadium to the applause of the large crowd.


Valedictorian Shanya Sobhi inspired her peers with her story of overcoming challenges as a newcomer to the country and learning a new language. She urged her fellow graduates to be courageous and seek advice when needed, reflecting on her personal growth and academic achievements.

Francheska Escobar Sierra Adair

 Senior Class President Francheska Escobar, left, and Associated Student Body President Sierra Adair deliver their heartfelt speech.


The ceremony was also highlighted by an outstanding solo performance from Leilani Williams-Carter, captivating the audience with her talent.

Leilani Williams-Carter solo performance

 Leilani Williams-Carter captivated the audience with a solo performance.


The commencement concluded with the singing of the cherished Alma Mater, followed by a joyous celebration on the field where families gathered to honor the graduates. For those unable to attend in person, the ceremony was live streamed by @AllTownMedia, ensuring that all could partake in the special event.

Jabari Davis Solomon Alboro III Noah Sloan

 From left, fellow graduates and football teammates Jabari Davis, Solomon Alboro III and Noah Sloan pose one last time for a photo in Lancer Stadium.


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