Graduation day is here for thousands of Santa Maria high school students.
The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District staggers graduation for three of its high schools, holding ceremonies at Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Santa Maria High two hours apart starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Delta High School’s graduation ceremony took place Wednesday for its 307 seniors.
Pioneer Valley has the most graduates at 715, followed by Santa Maria High with 635 and Righetti with 572.
"As we get ready to venture off, it is important to remember that success is uniquely defined by each one of us and as we reach for monetary and emotional stability, I encourage you to strive and reach your own definition of success as you start a new chapter in your lives," PVHS Co-Valedictorian Deisy Sanchez Aguilar said in a speech to her classmates. "I wish you all nothing but the best. Once again, congratulations class of 2022!"