Santa Rosa Academy holds graduation in new gymnasium


Kindergarten student Tucker Lowell led the Pledge of Allegiance at the commencement ceremony.

Santa Rosa Academy’s Class of 2017 is the first graduating class to have a commencement ceremony in the school’s new 33,000 square-foot state of the art gymnasium. On Friday, May 19, 108 students received their diplomas in front of a gym filled with family and friends.

Dr. Roger Schultz, President of Mt. San Jacinto College gave the commencement address.

Dr. Schultz’ advice for the class is, “Just start with the end in mind, look at where you want to be in five years, 10 years, 20 years? Where do you want to be, what do you want your life to look like?”

Kindergarten student Tucker Lowell led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the recognition of students entering into the Armed Forces.

Sophomore Nicole Miesmer sang the National Anthem. Valedictorian Caleb Smeraldi gave an address to his fellow class members which included taking a class selfie.

Co-Salutatorians Donica Loney and Victoria Vega gave addresses to their fellow classmates as well.

A video message was played from Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff to the President Republic of Ghana and grandmother of graduating student Nathan Sapong.

The evening also included a video presentation from the school’s kindergarten students giving the seniors advice on their future after graduation.

Santa Rosa Academy is a public charter school grades K-12. Established in 2005 and chartered out of the Menifee Union School District, it serves students in Riverside county with site based, home study and combination home study/on-site programs.