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August 31st, 2009
Phoenix Center holds special graduation ceremony

Michael Hernandez with mom Cynthia Silva.

STAFF REPORT

Even in the midst of scurrying around, moving the Phoenix Learning Center to its new locale and preparing for a busy new school year, San Marcos CISD administrators still found time to arrange a special graduation.

Michael Hernandez, 16, could have graduated with the rest of his class in June, but told Phoenix Learning Center Director, Bea Flores, he really wanted to wait until his mother could be in the audience. His mother was on a business trip of sorts. She was serving a tour of duty in Iraq, doing convoy missions in Taji.

Hernandez called the Center last week, saying that his mom was home on leave. The flurry of relocating activity was put on pause so that a special graduation ceremony could take place at the San Marcos High School Auditorium on Aug 21. It is the first graduation of the new school year.

Army Specialist and mom, Cynthia Silva, came to the event in full uniform. Also present was Hernandez’ father, Michael Hernandez Sr. and other family members.

“This is my first-born son, and I am very proud of him,” said Silva.

Hernandez completed his high school requirements at 15. He turned 16 during the summer and plans to go to Austin Community College.

Lisa Martinez, a classmate, also waited to graduate with Hernandez.

Phoenix administrators gathered around Martinez and Hernandez.

“They knew what they had to do, and they found the courage and support to do it,” said Flores.

Fellow graduate Lisa Martinez.

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