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 Emotional Ceremony Recognizes Almost 100 JCCS Grads

​More than 60 students got their high school diplomas Jan. 15 at an emotional ceremony for students who graduated in 2014 and 2015 from Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS).

Almost 100 students graduated from the JCCS schools in 2014 and 2015, but not all of them attended the ceremony, which took place at the Saville Theatre at San Diego City College.

Each of the students had a chance to share messages of thanks and inspiration. Many thanked their families, teachers, friends, and counselors for helping them stay focused on graduating.

“I would not have been able to have this moment without your support,” said Lizette Oriol, one of the graduates.

Another graduate, Sebastian Moreno, said that when he started in the JCCS network, he wanted to go back to his neighborhood high school, but as he realized how much support and help he got from his JCCS teachers and counselors, he changed his mind.

Many said they were proud to be moving on to college.

Board members Gregg Robinson and Alicia Muñoz congratulated the students on their accomplishments.  

“I’ve been to a lot of graduations, but I’ve never been to a graduation as important and moving as this one,” Robinson said.

The San Diego County Office of Education Juvenile Court and Community Schools serve about 12,000 students each year in classrooms throughout the county. The educational program serves school-age youth who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, probation or one of the 42 school districts in San Diego County. Services are provided to incarcerated youth, pregnant minors, foster youth, expelled and chronically truant youth, students in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children and homeless youth.