Latino Recognition Ceremony Will be Held This Weekend for Pasadena Unified School District Seniors

Published : Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 5:34 AM

The Pasadena Unified School District and the Pasadena Latino Coalition will be presenting the annual PUSD Latino Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, May 20, at Marshall Fundamental School’s auditorium.

The ceremony celebrates the personal success and academic achievements of students in the spirit and tradition of Latino cultures, a Pasadena Latino Coalition announcement said.

The event, which begins at 2 p.m., is open to residents and PUSD teachers, students and parents. Admission is free.

Lucy Flores, the first Latina elected to the Nevada legislature, will be the keynote speaker. Flores continues to be a political leader, serving as a founding board member on Our Revolution, a national political advocacy organization founded by Senator Bernie Sanders. She also provides political commentary on national media outlets, and is the Vice President of Public Affairs at mitú, a digital media company that reaches 16 million Latino and cross cultural youth daily.

Michael Calderon, also known as Mr. Pasadena, will emcee the scholarship ceremony.

Each high school in the PUSD is expected to send representatives, with a number of student speakers on the schedule. The ceremony begins with a blessing led by the Danza Yankuititl (meaning “new fire”) Aztec dancers, a Mexican indigenous dance group dedicated in preserving and teaching Aztec dance. The Pasadena Latino Coalition and the Community Organization for the Advancement in Education (COPA) will be awarding scholarships.

The Pasadena Latino Coalition has among its members the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAPCare), COPA, Jericho Road, Latino Heritage, Families Forward Learning Center, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Office for Creative Connections/All Saints Church, Peace Over Violence, and Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.

The Marshall Fundamental School Auditorium is located at 990 N. Allen Avenue in Pasadena.

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