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Palo Alto High School's Class of 2017 marks its milestone

Original post made on Jun 1, 2017

The mood was celebratory Wednesday afternoon on Paly's main quad. An hour before commencement was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., students dressed in Kelly green graduation robes congregated in groups, snapping selfies and posing for more formal pictures with family members.

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Posted by Grad
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 1, 2017 at 7:44 am

[Portion removed.] Congratulations, graduates! May you have fulfilling lives.

Posted by Proud Paly Parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

Congratulations to the class of 2017!!!!
You are amazing!!!!!
It's been a tough road, but you made it.
Have a great summer, and a wonderful life.

Posted by Been There, Done That
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

Why is Paly graduation always the day before the last day of PAUSD school? Paly siblings still have final exams the last day of school. Plus, Grad Night ended at 2:30AM so I didn't get much sleep before having to get up in the morning to get the other kids to school.

Would have been nice to have an extra half hour before having to be on the buses for Grad Nite (which ended at 2:30AM). Was not able to talk to and say goodbye to many families.

Otherwise, the jumbo screen was awesome and it was a nice graduation ceremony. Thank God we made it through because the academics were rigorous. Our graduate is looking forward to some fun in college.

Posted by Former Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 2, 2017 at 4:51 pm

I am pleased they now have a jumbo screen. I was never able to see any of mine walk across the stage so it was about time.

The reason high school graduations in Palo Alto are on the Wednesday before the last day of school is logistics. With elementary graduations on the Thursday morning and middle school graduations on Thursday afternoon, it is fair to families who have more than one graduating student to have them at different times. Also, because the parents of the grade below generally host the receptions, it means that those families are less likely to be involved in another graduation at another school.

I think the baccalaureates are a better day for saying goodbye to other families as there is a little more time afterwards and then of course many families have their family graduation parties with grandparents, etc.

Posted by Been There, Done That
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm

@Former Parent: Thank you for your feedback.

Seems that high school is the most important graduation, so it should be on the last day. No one really cares about graduating from elementary or middle school, but graduating from high school here is a sigh of relief.

Posted by PA Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 3, 2017 at 10:52 pm

@ Been there done that: Every academic milestone is an important one.

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