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Graduation Day: Come rain, wind or dead of night the future cometh
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Pitman High graduates celebrated their school's 10th anniversary and their commencement in torrential rain. - photo by JONATHAN MCCORKELL / The Journal

For a complete list of all local high school and college graduates, pick up the June 9 special Graduation issue of the Turlock Journal. To view pictures from Friday’s graduations, visit www.


The class of 2012 at Turlock High School and Pitman High School said goodbye to the past and hello to the future Friday night during graduation.

For Pitman it was the school’s 10-year anniversary, and according to Principal Rod Hollars, the weather cooperated to make it an unforgettable experience. Just as graduates entered the stage the dark clouds above began pouring down rain — and the show went on. “We don’t have a plan B,” joked Hollars.

Following a powerful guitar solo rendition of our national anthem by graduate Michael Donovan, the PHS class of 2012 Valedictorian Bryce Bearden called the 2012 graduating class “a significant point in the transition from PHS’ infancy to maturity.”

Later in the evening at Turlock High the weather broke and a loud, enthusiastic crowd of several thousand loved ones and friends shouted out vocal support for their 2012 THS graduates. Not a single moment of silence was endured.

Student Body President and 2012 graduate Vincent Lazar relished in the opportunity to celebrate graduating with his friends shortly following commencement.

“I feel great for my class and I’m so proud of all of us. We have come a long way, we grew up in this town Turlock, in this wonderful place to receive an education and we couldn’t be more fortunate,” he said.

Turlock Christian and Denair high schools also held their respective graduation ceremonies on Friday. Neither school had to deal with inclement weather as Turlock Christian held their event at Monte Vista Chapel and Denair High’s celebrations started after the brief storm.