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Celebrating Community: Pacific Islander grads honored at ceremony

Posted at 9:36 AM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 12:36:40-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A group of San Diego high school seniors will be honored with other students from throughout Southern California Friday at the second annual Pacific Islander High School Graduate Recognition Ceremony in San Bernardino.

Long Beach, Inland Empire and other surrounding regions will participate in the event, which will include cultural celebrations like a Polynesian fireknife performance and a Maori warrior dance.

Siaosi Veimau, who immigrated to the U.S. from Tonga at age 10, will serve as the ceremony's keynote speaker. Veimau currently runs a Pacific Islander cultural group with his wife and San Diego State University's Pacific Islander Student Association.

``My vision for every student is to discover who they are and to be intentional about their dreams and passions,'' Veimau said. ``Our Pacific Islander roots keep us grounded. It's important to remember who you are, where you grew up and to give back to the next generation.''

The ceremony will be held at the San Bernardino Valley College's Greek Theatre and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Residents can visit pacificislandergrc.com for more information on the ceremony.