Granada Hills Charter High School celebrates 2021 graduation

Granada Hills Charter High School held the first of two days of graduation ceremonies on Thursday evening at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated graduating seniors with A-L surnames.

Students prepare for the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Graduates fill the football field for the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Students prepare for the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Jonathan Liza graduates with the Granada Hills Charter High School class of 2021 Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Students participate in the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Graduates look on during the Granada Hills Charter High School graduation ceremony Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Associated Student Body President Eunice Choi poses with her diploma during the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Students participate in the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Valedictorian Cassidy Dalva speaks during the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Students participate in the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Students prepare for the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Family members watch the 2021 Granada Hills Charter High School graduation ceremony from atop a temporary bleacher Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Associated Student Body President Eunice Choi speaks during the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Graduates fill the football field for the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Graduates fill the football field for the 2021 graduation ceremony at Granada Hills Charter High School Thursday night. The school held the first of two in-person graduation ceremonies on June 3 at the school’s John Elway Stadium. The first ceremony celebrated seniors with A-L surnames and seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight on June 4. The school also had a virtual graduation on June 2 for family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

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As per tradition, a bagpiper played at the ceremony — in keeping with the school’s moniker “Home of the Highlanders.” Student speakers included Eunice Choi, the associated student body president, and Cassidy Dalva, one of the school’s valedictorians.

Graduating seniors with surnames M-Z celebrated their spotlight at the June 4 ceremony. The class size is 1,120 graduates this year.

The theme of the school’s graduation this year is “Our Time.” Two graduating seniors, Zoba Ndife and Maya Sarkissian, co-wrote, recorded and produced a song and a video called “Our Time” dedicated to the class of 2021 that explores the journey that they, and other graduating seniors, experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s available to watch on the school’s YouTube channel (bit.ly/34EsS8X).

The school also presented a virtual graduation celebration on June 2 forthe class of 2021. Family and friends who couldn’t attend the ceremonies were able to watch the virtual presentation on the school’s YouTube channel (bit.ly/2SVheny).

The school, at 10535 Zelzah Avenue, between Hiawatha and Kingsbury streets, opened in 1960. www.ghchs.com

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