IN PICTURES: Long Beach Poly celebrates its 915 graduating seniors

On Wednesday, 915 Poly High School students graduated during the school’s 125th graduation ceremony.

Of those, 61 students were honored as valedictorians, including ASB President Diego Kagurabadza, who spoke at the ceremony.

Student Krisalin Bergajo also spoke, along with Poly High School teacher Sarah Schol, who advises the Female Leadership Academy.

Graduating seniors were accepted to 75 colleges and universities across the nation, with 437 students planning to attend a four-year university in the fall and 305 students attending a two-year school. According to the school, 158 students will attend Cal State University Long Beach, and 10 students will be going into the military.

Members of the football team pose for a group photo before the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Students help each other get ready before the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Tyree Ward helps Nadiaire Phmosouvanah bobby-pin her cap before the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Mya Johnson adjusts her hair and cap before walking the stage at the 2021 Poly High School graduation in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Liliana Lizarraga, Natalie Sanchez, Jennifer Castellenos and Karen Lopez pose for a photo moments before the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony begins in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Alexandra Jensen shows off her graduation cap before walking the stage at the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

A student cap reads “I still have no clue what I’m doing” at the 2021 Poly High School graduation in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

A student gets emotional after walking the stage at the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Graduates congratulate each other on stage during the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

A graduate holds up her diploma as she walks off the stage during the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Evelyn Juarez takes a selfie with staff during the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Family members cheer during the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Family members cheer during the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Master of ceremonies Diego Kagurabadza speaks during the 2021 Poly High School graduation in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

A student cap decorated with the words “one quarantine later” during the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Poly High School’s award-winning music program performs during the 2021 graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Poly High School’s award-winning music program performs during the 2021 graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

A graduate takes a selfie as she moves her tassel from right to left at the 2021 Poly High School graduation in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Poly High School graduates throw their caps in the air at the end of the 2021 graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Graduates hug and spin at the end of the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Graduates embrace at the end of the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Family in the crowd cheers during the 2021 Poly High School graduation ceremony in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

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Sarahi Apaez is a Long Beach Post contributor who centers her reporting skills on photographs and videos. When she’s not focusing her lens, she’s focusing her balance as she bombs down the boulevards of Long Beach’s streets on her roller skates.
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