Eight diplomas were awarded to new graduates from McKay High School last night at the Salem-Keizer School Board meeting. The students are our final eight graduates in the Class of 2019.

Each student was called one-by-one to the front of the board room. Principal Rob Schoepper handed new graduates their diplomas, and they shook hands with Superintendent Christy Perry, school board directors and McKay staff. After that, the beaming graduates showed off their diplomas and celebrated with their proud families and friends.


Video courtesy of: Capital Community Television Salem

The new graduates didn’t have enough credits to graduate with their peers on June 5 or in the summer on August 1. To help them across the finish line, McKay launched an Extended Credit Recover Program last month for the eight students. They needed from .5 to 3 credits to graduate. All eight attended class at McKay in August to reach their goal of graduating.

Before the diplomas were awarded, Schoepper praised students and thanked the McKay graduation team.

“I have to say the students earning diplomas tonight worked very hard over the summer,” Schoepper said. “They never gave up and put in the effort needed to achieve this important accomplishment, supported by a terrific McKay team. As principal, I want to thank all of you for your work and sacrifices this August. It means a lot.”

Last night’s graduates are:

  • Esperanza Martinez
  • Alejandra Cuesta-Meraz
  • Misael Manzano
  • Toni Cedillo
  • Asher Padilla Esparza
  • Angel Hance Route
  • Ruth Langmoir
  • Jamayca Jackson

With the addition of the eight graduates recognized last night, a total of 2,786 students, which includes 120 students who earned GEDs, graduated from Salem-Keizer high schools in the Class of 2019.

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