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What is Salute to the Graduates?

Salute to the Graduates
Class of 2021

The Filipino Community of Ventura County, Inc. hosts an annual one day, two part event called Salute to the Graduates (Salutes) for Filipino high school graduates in Ventura County at Oxnard, California. Program participants get to learn more about the Filipino culture and gain assistance transitioning from high school to college. Salutes is an event where participants get together and celebrate all of the achievements of each graduate and acknowledging each individuals' hard work. Each annual event includes a baccalaureate mass at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Oxnard, CA and the cultural program, curated by the high school scholars themselves. Join FCVCI at our 47th annual Salute to the Graduates online on YouTube and Facebook on June __, 2021.

Salute to the Graduates – Class of 2020   |   Youtube Channel: Noah Tyler Ratley   |.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydYetWGEK8w

Salutes Manuscript

By: Mr. & Mrs. Vic Mercado

Salute is a word that gives some a feeling of awe, reverence and pride. It is a gesture during medieval times to acknowledge the presence of each other. It is also a sign used by all military personnel around the world to show respect and distinction between ranks. Among civilians, a salute is a simple wave of the hand or a nod to suggest that some- body is recognized. Saluting is a symbol practiced by everyone, and it is a symbol we now choose to recognize our younger generations who have just completed a very important chapter in their lives, graduating from high school.

The concept of Salute to the Graduates began in 1979 with a group of interested parents coming together to find a way to honor the younger generation. The parents wanted to motivate their children to further their education and to convey the message they fully supported them in their future goals and aspirations. The parents decided to pay tribute to their children graduating from high school by having a special celebration in their honor, accomplishments and graduation. This special celebration served as a rite of passage for their children who were fast approaching adulthood and who would eventually face the challenges of the world.

The forerunners that organized this special graduation celebration were the United Pacific Islanders (UPI) organization which consisted of members of the Filipino Community and the Guamanian Social Club. Eventually, the Filipino Community of Ventura County Incorporated (FCVCI) took over this special yearly graduation event. They honored the event with the Baccalaureate Mass celebrated at Mary Star of the Sea Church, as well as having a special celebration in which they handed out awards and scholarships to graduating students.

To date more than 1,500 graduates have been honored. Many students graduate with distinction are Valedictorian or Salutatorian, other leaders and still others participate in sports and various activities and organization. The FCVCI is proud of these graduates and their accomplishments and that these young individuals graduate from high school. Nearly over 500 graduates have been taught traditional Filipino Cultural as well as modern dances, performed plays, sing songs and learned the Filipino National Anthem. The parents as well, also perform surprise dances and sing songs to their sons and daughters.

 

It is hard to believe that 39 years have gone by since the first Salute to the Graduates Celebration. The Salute to the Graduate celebration continues to be a very meaningful event shared by everyone-the graduate, their parents, their brothers and sisters and their relatives and friends. In fact, the alumni from past Salute to the Graduates are now bringing their children to participate in this momentous event. The tradition of Salute to the Graduates has now become a generational event within the Filipino community.

Testimonials & Alumni

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Noah Tyler Tabbay Ratley

Pacifica HS, Class of 2018

" FCVCI and the Salute to the Graduates program have definitely changed how I see my culture and allowed me to embrace my Filipino spirit. I am glad to have been a part of this wonderful and inspirational program! I hope anyone reading this will take up this opportunity to explore and be a part of history and your culture! :D "

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Noah Tyler Tabbay Ratley

Pacifica HS, Class of 2018

" FCVCI and the Salute to the Graduates program have definitely changed how I see my culture and allowed me to embrace my Filipino spirit. I am glad to have been a part of this wonderful and inspirational program! I hope anyone reading this will take up this opportunity to explore and be a part of history and your culture! :D "

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Noah Tyler Tabbay Ratley

Pacifica HS, Class of 2018

" FCVCI and the Salute to the Graduates program have definitely changed how I see my culture and allowed me to embrace my Filipino spirit. I am glad to have been a part of this wonderful and inspirational program! I hope anyone reading this will take up this opportunity to explore and be a part of history and your culture! :D "

CELEBRATING FILIPINO HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS FOR 45+ YEARS

 
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