Congratulations 2020 Yorba Linda Senior Graduates!
The City of Yorba Linda wishes congratulations to our residents graduating from our local high schools here in Yorba Linda and surrounding areas including Yorba Linda High School, El Dorado High School, Esperanza High School, Valencia High School, El Camino Real High School, George Key School, La Entrada High School, Parkview School, Rosary Academy, Cornelia Connelly School, Servite High School, Orange Lutheran High School, Mater Dei High School, Orange County School of the Arts, and other schools across Orange County.
A Letter from the Mayor,
Dear Class of 2020:
I, along with my fellow City Council colleagues wanted to reach out to you during this global pandemic to let you know that we are deeply saddened you will not be able to enjoy the end of your senior year of high school with your friends because we are all needing to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis. It is completely normal to feel upset, isolated, and frustrated with this unexpected turn of events. If you or a loved one are struggling with these feelings just know that there are a lot of resources available and you are not alone! We definitely understand and please know, we are here for you 100%. If you need anything, please reach out to us.
This is the time of the year when you should be going to your senior prom, on senior trips, to winter and spring sporting events, cheer competitions, and student club organizations, in addition to what the rest of the senior year has to offer. Some of you were supposed to be the captain of a sports team and your season was cut short or even worse, your season never got started. Others of you prepared final presentations or performances that will not be seen, while still others of you could not complete important projects. To the officers of the various student clubs, the Student Body Council, and the students who wanted to be with their friends one last year before venturing into college or another life story, our hearts go out to you all.
As you explore options of trying to stay engaged during this unprecedented time, consider how small acts of kindness affect others. A simple message to family or friends on your favorite social media platform can really lift someone’s heart. You can also use this time to channel your compassion for others and advocate on behalf of your favorite charity or cause. You probably have lots of time to do some reading and it’s easy to find something you might be interested in. As you are well aware, there are multiple ways to stay connected through apps such as Houseparty, Facetime, Zoom, and others – take advantage of your technology mad skills!
I know, there’s nothing I, or anyone, can say to make up for the experiences lost during this unusually difficult time. You and your classmates have collectively gone through something, and it will forever bond you together. Moving forward, we will look to you as the class that faced unique challenges right as you embarked on a new life chapter. You will have a distinctive outlook that will afford you the ability to prepare for the unexpected twists and turns of life with grace. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish with these unique lessons you have learned. Stay healthy, physically, emotionally and spiritually strong, we need you and we care about you! You are our future and we cherish you.
Dr. Beth Haney, Mayor
City of Yorba Linda