The students and staff at Tobinworld know how to mark an occasion, and graduation proved no exception Monday with more than 100 people crowding into the special education school’s auditorium to bid farewell to the class of 2012.
“I am so excited,” said 18-year-old Hannah Yang, who treated the crowd to a piano rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” during commencement. “I am getting to graduate. It is my whole year. It was a success. It was pretty awesome.”
Founded in 1977 by the mother of an autistic child, Tobinworld currently serves 300 students at its Glendale campus, and an additional 90 students at a satellite site in Antioch, Calif. Students range in age from 5 to 22 years old, and all are classified as severely emotionally disturbed, autistic or developmentally disabled.
They come from 22 different school districts in southern California.
In addition to Yang, the 2012 Tobinworld high school graduates included Jose Martinez and Walter Cabrera.