VACAVILLE — Buckingham Charter Magnet High School on Friday graduated 102 students in a midmorning, two-hour ceremony inside The Mission church in Vacaville.
The college prep school has no fancy campus of its own where it can have a ceremony, as it is housed in a storefront. But Principal Jeff Erickson said that Bill Redington Hewlett and David Packard started Hewlett-Packard in a garage and that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple in a garage.
“You are the bricks that make our school,” Erickson told the graduates.
Ryan Restauro lined up with the other graduates in the lobby before the ceremony. He paused to reflect on the highlights of his Buckingham career.
“Just my friends and the memories and experiences we had together,” Restauro said. “This year went by so fast.”
Perhaps too fast.
“This doesn’t feel real,” he said. “I still feel we’re in high school . . . . It hasn’t hit me yet we’re going to be in college in just a few months.”
For Restauro, college means going to San Francisco State University. He doesn’t know what he’s going to major in, perhaps something in criminal justice.
Morgan Black is going to the University of California, Davis, to study nursing. She praised her Buckingham teachers.
“They’re big motivators,” Black said.
Now it’s time for her to move on from high school.
“It’s like leaving the safety of the nest,” Black said. “It’s scary, but it’s exciting.”
The Class of 2014 made its grand entrance into the ceremony at 10 a.m., wearing red caps and gowns. The graduates sat in the center of the room in front of the stage, with friends and families on three sides.
Students had a big role in the ceremony, besides stepping to the stage to get diplomas. Paolo Martinez and Lisa Bewley were the class speakers. Matt Hanna exhorted his peers at the end of the ceremony. Kaitlyn Kinder and Savannah Grable each performed a song. The seniors of the jazz ensemble and the vocal ensemble performed songs.
Then it was over, both the ceremony and, for the Class of 2014, high school.
“Buckingham graduates, you are the future leaders of tomorrow, there is no question,” Vacaville Superintendent of Schools Ken Jacopetti said.
The Class of 2014 members let out cheers when they flipped their tassels from the right to the left side, signifying they had graduated. Then they were alumni and alumnae of Buckingham and ready to step into the larger world.
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