TCA Arshag Dickranian School Holds Its 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

LOS ANGELES — In an air of celebration, the Tekeyan Cultural Association’s (TCA) Arshag Dickranian School (ADS) held its 33rd Commencement Ceremony for its 12th, eighth and fifth grades on Saturday, June 21, at the Walter and Laurel Karabian Hall. Guests included Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of the Armenian Church of America, Western Diocese, school benefactresses Cindy Norian and Laurel Karabian, benefactor Hmayak Baltayan, Board Members and parents.

The commencement ceremony began with the Processional of the 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 ADS alumna Violet Tatoian acted as MC. Tatoian greeted the students, the guests and teachers in her opening remarks and gave a heartening speech about her experiences at the school.  She then invited Board Chairman George K. Mandossian to deliver his remarks on behalf of the School Board of Trustees. Mandossian stressed the vital curriculum 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.

The MC next called upon the Senior Valedictorians Nerses Bogosyan and Zhanna Khnkoyan and Senior Salutatorian Lilit Demirtchian to deliver their speeches. The three thanked their parents for the sacrifices they have made for them and the school for giving them the opportunity to learn 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, Astghik Pilossyan, D. Phar., and 2004 ADS alumnus, Hovsep Yepremian, Esq. In her speech, Pilossyan urged Armenians to continue sending their children to Armenian schools, highlighting the safe environment they offer and expressing how grateful she is for attending Arshag Dickranian School. On the other hand, Yepremian discussed about life after graduating from ADS. Yepremian advised students to work towards their goals but to also learn from their mistakes and utilize that knowledge to move ahead with their endeavors.

Next, Tatoian invited fifth grade homeroom teacher Lusine Asatryan and Seraydarian to present the fifth-grade diplomas, which was followed by presenting the eighth grade with their diplomas and finally the Class of 2014. Seraydarian invited school Baltayan to join him in presenting the diplomas to the fifth-grade students and Noryan in presenting the diplomas to eighth-grade students.

Seraydarian then invited Archbishop Hovnan Derderian and Mandossian to present the diplomas to the 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.

Seraydarian bid farewell to the graduating students and congratulated them and their parents for their memorable achievement.

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