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PHOTOS: Adult School Celebrates 260 Members of the Class of 2019

The El Monte-Rosemead Adult School celebrated 260 graduates – 180 students who received a high school diploma and 80 who completed the ESL program – during festive ceremonies May 29-30.

Approximately 120 adult school students – ranging in ages 18 to 70 – participated in the diploma graduation ceremony, held at Rosemead High School on May 29.

Students represent 14 countries, including the United States, China, Bangladesh, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Vietnam, El Salvador, Nepal, Cambodia, Peru, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Myanmar. 

Among the graduates are 88 parents and seven grandparents. Close to 140 students plan to attend college and 42 are taking or plan to take career technical education classes at EMRAS.

Fifty-two of the graduates started in the school’s English as a Second Language classes. Many are the first in their families to graduate from high school.


The Advanced ESL culminating spring ceremony, held at El Monte High School on May 30, featured 80 students who were congratulated by Principal Dr. Deborah Kerr and their instructors Dhaline Hean, Wayne Miyahara and Joyce Chan.

The ceremony featured speeches from students Feng Lin, Maria Valle and Amanda Escobar.

“Everyone here has come to the ceremony from diff countries, different experiences and different cultures,” Dr. Kerr said. “We are together as a community celebrating your success as students who have made a new life in this country and who now have English language skills as a tool to that success. We are here to celebrate you and your accomplishments.”