Lots of happy grads

CMI Graduates Norlynn Lewis and Jasmiann Ebol were uniquely endowed by relatives and friends with gift umbrellas to go with their many leis. Photo: Wilmer Joel.

This graduation season saw proud parents, family members, and friends witnessing graduates from secondary schools to colleges in Majuro receiving their diplomas, certificates, awards, and degrees. 

As is customary in commencement ceremonies, graduates received academic awards or credentials, speeches from the salutatorian and valedictorian, turning tassels from right to left signifying alumni status, songs, and so on. 

After graduation, a long line of people gather to personally congratulate the graduates. Graduates are decked with money or gumball leis, which pile around their necks. 

An interesting development is that the College of the Marshall Islands had two co-valedictorians with identical final grades: Julius Muertuge and Robinson Jack. 

Below are other valedictorians and salutatorians from recent graduations that were available before the Journal went to press on Wednesday. 

MIHS Val: Emosi Maitokana, Sal: Zheiu Yan

MBCA Val: Jamee Taala, Sal: Aaliyah Kahn

Assumption Val: Arabella May Dela Llana, Sal: Amari Kabua

ABE Val: Joe Wottokna Jr., Sal: Smith Edmond Tartios 

LSA Val: Madeline Eknilang, Sal: Viola Shepherd

Coop Val: Rosa Limenwa Ben, Sal: Jin Kai Lin

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