It was a very big night for the Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano as all 98 of the school’s seniors received their diplomas Thursday evening.
Hundreds of proud family members, faculty and friends packed the Fox Theater in Downtown Bakersfield. Nearly every graduate is headed to a four-year college and 86 percent of them are the first in their families to go to college.
Xochitl Morales says she’s maintained a 4.5 GPA and will attend Harvard University in the fall.
“I teach little ones mariachi so this is a big thing for them to just to see that this is possible,” she said.
“Someone within the mariachi, Latino community is able to kind of break all the boundaries and get to these top institutions. I think that’s been most exciting for me to be a mentor to my students.”
Morales said she applied to 25 schools and was surprised when she learned she was accepted to Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Princeton.