Southern High holds ‘Grad & Go’ graduation ceremony

Southern High held its "Grad & Go" graduation ceremony on Thursday. (PNC photo)

Southern High School has joined the many GDOE high schools hosting their own “Grad & Go” graduation ceremonies.

Like many other GDOE high schools, Southern High School, in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, did not have a traditional in-person graduation ceremony.

Southern High had a total of 187 students who graduated Thursday morning.

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Chairman of the Guam Education Board, Mark Mendiola, stated that the word that best describes all graduating classes of 2021 is “resiliency” — the resilience to graduate despite being in a global pandemic.

Coming from the village of Agat, Cayla-Jayden Constantino, Southern High’s salutatorian, will be attending the University of Guam under a full merit scholarship.

Cayla had this to say to her fellow students and about her time attending Guam Southern High School:

“To the class of 2021, I congratulate you all on your accomplishments. I will never forget your smiling, or not smiling faces, as we rushed down the hallways to class or to the bus depo after school. I will cherish the moments in class when I looked around for reassurance that indeed I was not the only one that forgot the homework or the “I didn’t study” when it was time to take a test. I really do wish the best for every one of you, and I pray that your dreams come true.”

Also coming from the village of Agat, Louise Genovana, Southern High’s valedictorian, plans on attending the University of Guam to major in English. Currently, her future goal is to be an editor in a top five publishing house.

Louise made this interesting statement about the future:

“A few weeks ago my friend asked me, ‘If I punch you right now, did I punch you in the past or did I punch you in the future?’ My answer was, ‘Why do you have to punch me at all?’ At the time, that was the only answer that I could give. The thing is, time is confusing. Or at least to me it is. All I know is that we’re always moving forward. Always changing. Forever growing. Until one day, we are returned to dust or reincarnated… if that’s what you believe. We never really know how fast we are moving forward until we stop and look back.”

GDOE Superintendent of Education Jon Fernandez also congratulated the Dolphins on their graduation despite the challenges that the pandemic has placed on them.