Robert Vasquez was always told he was going to fail.
“As long as I can remember I was getting into trouble at school,” Vasquez said. “I was always ditching class.…Back then I didn’t care if I was going to graduate. All that mattered to me was having fun.”
After some frank conversations with his high school counselor, he enrolled at Advance Path Academy, an alternative school for students struggling to keep pace academically with their peers. And on Thursday, Vasquez stood before several hundred people at First United Methodist Church in Glendale and did what some told him he would never do — collect his high school diploma.
“I want to thank my mom and my dad for never giving up on me, even though at times I had given up on myself,” Vasquez said.
The commencement was a combined event that included Glendale Unified’s three alterative education programs. In addition to Advance Path Academy, the programs include Daily High School and Verdugo Academy.