The Indian Springs High School Class of 2021 gathered together for the first time in over a year and for the first time as seniors on Thursday, June 3, at Glen Helen Amphitheater, for their graduation ceremony.

This year San Bernardino City Unified School District returned to in-person commencement ceremonies, to the relief of the 365 Indian Springs coyotes celebrating their completion of high school. Last year drive-through ceremonies were used to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Principal Kristen Bicondova welcomed and congratulated the students, praising their perseverance in completing their education through the challenges of the pandemic and distance learning.

Bicondova noted that Class of 2021 was a year of many firsts, good and bad, but encouraged the students to focus on the firsts that were memorable and exciting.

The Class of 2021 won Indian Springs’ first league championships in football, wrestling and women’s track and field, as well as women’s cross-country. The class also earned the school’s first football scholarships and Dell scholarships.

The class’s student speakers were salutatorians Julian Mora and Fernando Rodriguez (who each earned a 4.71 GPA) and valedictorian Lori Gonzalez.

Gonzalez earned a 4.76 GPA and will attend UC San Diego to become a pediatrician.

“In this new upcoming chapter in your life I urge you to fight for what you want, sacrifice your time, pursue your goals. Go out and get what you’re worth. Even if you cannot get there yet your impact to those around you is essential,” said Mora, who will attend UC Riverside to major in business administration and management. “Don’t let the obstacles determine your path. Don’t let criticisms drain you. Don’t let give up on yourself.”

Rodriguez, who will attend UCLA to become a history teacher, encouraged his classmates, after having lived through pandemic and quarantine, to “find the joy in the mundane because everyday can be extraordinary if you let yourself experience it.”

Gonzalez entreated her classmates to always ask questions and shared a bit of wisdom passed down from her father ⎯ your only limitations are the ones you place on yourselves.

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