One-hundred-and-ninety-two seniors graduated from Half Moon Bay High School Thursday evening in the annual commencement ceremony.
Families and friends of the graduating class packed the football stadium’s bleachers, filled folding chairs on the field and stood at the top of the stairs to support the Class of 2013. Students and audience members used programs to shield their faces from the early evening sun, which wasn’t shrouded by the fog that is often present at commencement.
Principal Allison Silvestri spoke with pride about the students’ accomplishments, highlighting that 87 percent of the class that took at least one Advanced Placement exam. More than half of the class received scholarships and 66 students graduated with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
“Thank you for leaving orange and black footprints on my heart,” Silvestri told the graduating class. “Thanks to each and every one of you, I will never be the same again.”
The field was outfitted with two large video screens in anticipation of a big turnout. Student and parent volunteers took part in a campus beautification day and installed four defibrillators around the school prior to commencement.
Afterward, most of the graduates headed to Grad Night festivities at the I.D.E.S. Hall on Main Street.