[GALLERY] Warrior Class of 2022 Graduate at H-E-B Center

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  • Giving a sendoff hug, Mike Kristan holds Sofia Gutierrez ‘22 before she walks onstage to graduate. Kristan also had Gutierrez in PALS in the past, so they had known each other for a while.

  • Returning to her seat after walking, Abigail Sandlin ‘22 smiles at her classmates. Excitement spread through each graduate’s face as they came back to their seats.

  • Seeking family, Giselle Kiefer ‘22 looks around the center while entering the floor. Graduates waited in line for a while to finally be seated.

  • After posing for a picture, Ashtin Smith ‘22 and Mike Kristan laugh. Kristan sent off all of his students as they made their way to the stage.

  • Now officially out of high school, the senior class throws their graduation caps in high spirits. Ready to make their mark on the world, they have surpassed great milestones.

  • Class of ’22 sings the Westwood Alma Mater for the last time. With lots of teary eyes and smiles, they realize that they have finally graduated.

  • Dr. Acosta gives his last speech to the Seniors as their principal. Dr. Acosta has resigned as the principal of Westwood, so the speech was sentimental and bittersweet.

  • Sarah Poppe ’22 smiles at her teachers on the stage before she accepts her diploma. Each student took a picture with Dr. Acosta after receiving it.

  • The Senior class of 2022 listen to the National Anthem. With their hands on their hearts, they cherish their high school experience and realize that their lives have now begun.

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The Class of 2022 had their graduation ceremony from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on Tuesday, May 24.

The event began with speeches from graduates; Student Council Executive President Aria Hegde spoke first, followed by Senior Class President Chris Huh, Salutatorian Amogh Mahambare, Valedictorian Willow Stenglein, and Principal Mario Acosta. During an intermission between the lineup of speeches, the Westwood Orchestra and Choir performed Duel of the Fates by John Williams.

Students then were called to walk across the stage in alphabetical order to accept their diplomas and take a photo with Principal Acosta. After the students returned to their seats, Principal Acosta gave his final remarks to the 2022 class and the graduates tossed their caps in the air.

“It’s been a little stressful, but I’m happy that we’re finally at the end and I think it’s a lot of build up to a really good moment,” Ashlin Swasey ‘22 said. “I’m so excited to be graduating, I’m excited to be moving on to the next chapter of my life.”