TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Graduating seniors from Amphitheater High School hoping to inspire the next generation of students took part in their first ever “Graduation Walk” Friday morning.
Dozens of students in their caps and gowns visited grade schools across Tucson.
“It feels like I was walking back through my childhood again,” said a teary-eyed Adriana Sanchez, who was greeted by applause and high-fives from students at Helen B. Keeling Elementary School, which she attended for five years. “It was so great to thank all of the teachers that helped make this (graduating) happen.”
The Graduate Walk is a program that has high school seniors on their way to earning their diploma visiting grade schools to motivate younger students to earn their own high school diploma.
“To see what I grew from to what I am now is amazing,” said Dezarae Sanchez, as she and her fellow soon-to-be graduates made a stop at Frances Owen Holaway Elementary School. “I get to show these little kids that they can do anything they put their minds to.”
This is the first time the Graduate Walk program has been introduced at Amphi High School. Students involved say they hope it becomes a tradition.
“If I was to see somebody like this walking through the halls it would inspire me to do good and want to graduate,” said Jalen Monroe, who attended Holaway Elementary. “I was here at one point and now I’m graduating. It is a weird feeling definitely, but a good feeling, I like it.”
Both Adriana and Dezarae Sanchez are attending Pima Community College this fall, while Monroe will attend United Technical Institute in Phoenix.