Pojoaque Valley High School Graduation

by Staff Reporter / May 28, 2017 / comments
The Pojoaque Valley Class of 2017 started celebrating early during their graduation ceremony. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Pojoaque Valley High School Graduation

Staff Report

The last Pojoaque High School class born in the 1900’s graduated Saturday morning in a high-energy ceremony at the Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Pojoaque. Elected representatives from the County Commission, the New Mexico Legislature and the entire Pojoaque School Board was on hand to congratulate the excited seniors.

Senior Aubrey Aldaz takes a selfie of herself, Senior Class president Gracie Lopez and classmate Miranda Grasmick (not visible) at graduation. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan also attended and spoke to the seniors before they heard a keynote speech from Tamara Johnson, a 2010 Pojoaque graduate who earned a law degree from Marquette University and now practices law in Santa Fe.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan speaks to the graduating class of 2017. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Terry Mullert from Northern New Mexico College Foundation was also on-hand to present the entire graduating class with Letters of Acceptance to Northern on behalf of the College President Richard Bailey. This was the first time an entire graduating class received a blanket acceptance from a college, but is a new program initiated between the Pojoaque Valley School District and NNMC to make it easier for students to move past high school and achieve their education and career goals.

Principal Jennifer J. Baca and Superintendent Mel Morgan then presented the diplomas as an excited class began celebrating in their seats with confetti and a giant beach ball.

Salutatorian Dominic Christopher Roybal receives his diploma from Principal Jennifer J. Baca. Terry Mullert fron Northern New Mexico College left of her. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Salutatorian Dominic Christopher Roybal led his fellow classmates in the fight song from Pablo Roybal Elementary School, the elementary school that all Pojoaque students attend through third grade. Around 90% of the 2017 graduating class has attended the Pojoaque district since elementary age so almost all of them knew the lyrics and sang along with gusto.

Salutatorian Dominic Christopher Roybal. Photo by George Morse with the Valley Daily Post


Valedictorian Jenae Theresa Bobchak then spoke to cheers from her fellow graduates.
Valedictorian Jenae Theresa Bobchak gets a microphone adjustment. Photo by George Morse with the Valley Daily Post

Immediately following the ceremony family and friends joined the newly minted graduates outside to celebrate with them. One such graduate and her family was Megan Herrera who filled her arms with flowers and gifts from well-wishers. Hererra was one of Pojoaque's top athletes and now moves on to run in college.

2017 Pojoaque Valley High School graduate Megan Herrera with her father, sports photographer Marcos Herrera. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post


Congratulations Pojoaque class of 2017!