Vineland High School awards 538 diplomas to Class of 2022

VINELAND – “I did it for them,” Vineland High School graduate Itzel Herrera wrote on her mortarboard honoring her extended family of mentors.

Her loved ones inspired her journey to Gittone Stadium where she was among the 538 graduates to be awarded a diploma on Wednesday.

“Over the past four years, these graduates have worked, studied, practiced, prayed, played, and grown in so many ways,” said Superintendent Alfonso Llano, addressing the challenges they’ve overcome.

A deadly virus forced students from the schools during their sophomore and junior years.

Now they pass through metal detectors to enter middle and high school buildings.

The 144th commencement featured “a higher level of safety than we’ve had in the past,” the superintendent said, noting the increase in shootings across the country. “We want to make sure we are taking every precaution to keep our kids safe.”

Graduates showed no fear when it comes to pursuing their dreams.

Yahira Cuevas, the senior class president, is the first in her family to attend college. Her parents de ella, when barely older than she is now, moved from Oaxaca, Mexico to Cumberland County where Cuevas excelled at her studies. She is heading to Arizona State University to study neuro-biological sciences and pursue a career in medicine.

Cuevas shared her pride in the VHS Class of 2022 diversity.

“We have some students that have come from different countries and have worked very hard in order to be able to receive their diplomas,” she said in her address.

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