By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
The members of the 17th graduating class of Vallejo’s Mare Island Technology Academy didn’t choose a theme for themselves, so Superintendent Matt Smith thought for a moment and came up with “Rising Above.”
“There have been significant changes in the seven years they’re been here, and they’ve hung in there,” he said. “This is by far the largest graduating class we’ve ever had. So, ‘rising above.’ That’s their theme. They’re fantastic kids.”
The 107 graduates assembled on the MIT campus — a first in many years — for the commencement ceremonies Thursday. The school usually holds these events at some other venue, Smith said.