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Orange High School students at their graduation ceremony in Orange on June 8, 2022. (Paul Rodriguez)

Despite making pandemic-safe adjustments to graduation ceremonies last June, graduation season has returned to normal with fully in-person high school graduation festivities — cap tosses and cheerful embraces included.

As the Orange County Register reported, more than half of the county’s high schools have celebrated their seniors earning diplomas over the past two weeks. Thousands of graduates from Anaheim, Brea Olinda, Capistrano, Fullerton Joint, Garden Grove, Irvine, Saddleback Valley, Santa Ana and Tustin unified school districts have walked the ceremonial stage this year to the sound of their families’ and friends’ applause.

Earlier this week, students from Laguna Beach, Newport-Mesa and Orange unified school districts also attended their commencement ceremonies. Coming up, Huntington Beach Union School District and Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District will get the chance to celebrate their high school graduates.

Here are some of the other stories we have been following this week:

  • The OC Pathways program, Getting to and Through College Career, was awarded with an $18.1 million grant to support their work-based learning programs for students to strengthen their career opportunities.
  • Incumbents have taken the lead, as of Friday morning, as the election race for the Orange County Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education, comes to a close.
Rhea Sreedhar Broadcom MASTERS
Student Rhea Sreedhar is heading to Broadcom MASTERS, a national STEM competition. (Broadcom Foundation)

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