TCA Arshag Dickranian School Holds Its 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

Los Angeles, July 1, 2014 – In an air of celebration, TCA Arshag Dickranian School held its 33rd Commencement Ceremony for its 12th, 8th, and 5th grades on Saturday, June 21st, at 5:00 p.m. at the Walter and Laurel Karabian Hall. Honorary guests included His Eminence Arch. Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of the Armenian Church of the Western Diocese, school benefactresses Mrs. Cindy Norian and Mrs. Laurel Karabian, benefactor Mr. Hmayak Baltayan, who joined at the event along with Board Members, parents and friends to celebrate the significant achievements of the graduating students.

The Commencement Ceremony began with the Processional of the 12th, 8th, and 5th grade students, followed by the school choir’s rendition of the American and Armenian National Anthems and the Arshag Dickranian School hymn.

Third grade teacher and 1997 alumna of Arshag Dickranian School, Mrs. Violet Tatoian, acted as the MC of the event. Mrs. Tatoian greeted the students, the guests and teachers in her opening remarks and gave a heartening speech about her experience graduating from Arshag Dickranian School.

MC of the Event Third Grade Homeroom Teacher and ADS Alumna Mrs. Violet Tatoian

MC of the Event Third Grade Homeroom Teacher and ADS Alumna Mrs. Violet Tatoian

She then invited Board Chairman, Mr. George K. Mandossian, to deliver his remarks on behalf of the School Board of Trustees. Mr. Mandossian stipulated upon the curricular and student achievements attained during the academic year under the school’s new leadership and ended his remarks by thanking the parents, the organizations and benefactors for their support.

Board Chairman Mr. George K. Mandossian

Board Chairman Mr. George K. Mandossian

The MC next called upon the Senior Valedictorians Nerses Bogosyan and Zhanna Khnkoyan and Senior Salutatorian Lilit Demirtchian to deliver their speeches. In their deliveries, these outstanding students thanked their parents for the sacrifices they have made for them, and the school for giving them the opportunity to learn very valuable lessons in life. The students also talked about their most fond memories at the school and of their classmates, moving their classmates and attendants with their touching words.

Next, Principal Dr. Manoug Seraydarian conducted the Presentation of the Awards by handing prizes to the achieving students.
The Keynote Speakers of the ceremony were 1994 ADS alumna, Ms. Astghik Pilossyan, D. Phar., and 2004 ADS alumnus, Mr. Hovsep Yepremian, Esq. In her speech, Ms. Pilossyan urged Armenians to continue sending their children to Armenian schools, highlighting the safe environment Armenian schools offer and the unique Armenian moral system taught at Armenian schools and expressing how grateful she is for attending Arshag Dickranian School. On the other hand, Mr. Yepremian discussed about life after graduating from ADS. Mr. Yepremian advised the students to work relentlessly towards their goals but to also learn from their mistakes and utilize that knowledge to move ahead with their endeavors.

Next, MC Violet Tatoian invited 5th Grade Homeroom Teacher Ms. Lusine Asatryan and Principal Dr. Seraydarian to present the 5th grade diplomas, which was followed by presenting the 8th Grade with their diplomas and finally the Class of 2014. Principal Dr. Seraydarian invited school benefactor Mr. Hmayak Baltayan to join him in presenting the diplomas to the 5th grade students and school benefactress Mrs. Cindy Noryan in presenting the diplomas to 8th grade students.

School Benefactress Mrs. Cindy  Norian and Principal Seraydarian presenting diplomas

School Benefactress Mrs. Cindy Norian and Principal Seraydarian presenting diplomas

Principal Dr. Seraydarian then invited Arch. Hovnan Derderian and Board Chairman Mr. Mandossian to present the diplomas to the Class of 2014.

Mr. George K. Mandossian, Arch. Hovnan Derderian and Principal Seraydarian presenting diplomas to Class of 2014

Mr. George K. Mandossian, Arch. Hovnan Derderian and Principal Seraydarian presenting diplomas to Class of 2014

Students Vahe Arevshatian, Nerses Bogosyan, Lilit Demirthcian, Chrisitne Dzhulfayan, Gayana Khachikian, Zhanna Khnkoyan, Narek Mamikonyan, Arthur Mazloumian, Hakop Mkhsian, Johnny Odabashyan, Hakob Seropian, David Sulian, Mary Sultanyan and Mariana Toutoundjian stood up when their names were called and walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas amid cheers and applause.

Class of 2014

Class of 2014

Principal Dr. Seraydarian followed with his message. He sealed his message by bidding farewell to the graduating students and congratulating them and their parents for their memorable achievement. The Commencement Ceremony was concluded with the closing remarks and benediction of Arch. Hovnan Derderian.

Arch. Hovnan Derderian blessing graduates and attendants

Arch. Hovnan Derderian blessing graduates and attendants

After the recessional, the graduates gathered with family and friends for carousing, picture taking and congratulating one another.

Located at 1200 North Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, the TCA Arshag Dickranian Armenian School is a federally tax exempt, Pre-K to 12th grade private educational institution. For more information visit www.dickranianschool.org.

 

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