Before the students entered the stadium for their graduation, local law enforcement conducted a pat-down search of each graduate for illegal contraband like beach balls, cell phones or cameras. However a few beach balls did get through and when district employees snatched them from the air the capacity crowd loudly booed. Unlike the graduation the night before for Alternative Education, there have been no reports of a shooting following the cerimonies.
Student speakers Marisa Johnson, Iridian Vace, Matthew Daly, ToniMarie Munoz, and Rachel Sparks spoke to the crowd and Mr. Ed spoke as the superintendant for Madera Unified.
After graduation, students made their way back to the campus for the California Highway Patrol's Sober Graduation for dancing, casino games and prizes. For the fifth year in a row, no car was given away at the end of the night and only a handful of students stayed for the duration of the party.
This was also MHS Principal Kent Albertson's last at Madera High. Tuesday evening the Madera Unified Board of Trustees will promote Albertson to the position of district human resource director.