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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Malibu High Graduation to Be Held for First Time at Athletic Field


• Local Movie Director to Deliver Commencement Address at Mid-Century Mark for Campus

BY ANNE SOBLE

It was announced this week that graduation ceremonies for Malibu High School’s class of 2013 will take place on the campus athletic field for the first time in the school’s history.
In addition to the new venue for the June 10 commencement program, the 2 p.m. event will feature an address by Malibu movie director and writer Tom Shadyac, known for his films featuring Jim Carrey, including: “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Bruce Almighty,” and “Liar, Liar.”
Shadyac’s book, “Life’s Operating Manual” will be released in June. He is an adjunct professor of Communications at Pepperdine University and teaches the class “Film and Life.”
MHS principal Jerry Block said, “It’s a thrill to be able to have a graduation that can accommodate our entire community.”
Block added, “With the concurrent celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Malibu Park Junior High in 1963 and the 20th anniversary of  Malibu High’s first ninth grade class,  parents, faculty, staff and students opted to try the new venue.”
The school’s announcement noted, “Teachers, parents and students cited the beautiful view, larger seating area and a more ‘real high school’ feel as advantages for moving the ceremony, while [keeping] the day in line with past tradition, including the musical acts, senior speeches and presentation of diplomas.”
The City of Malibu, the Malibu High School PTSA, and a number of private donors helped offset the costs of the added seats and the stage for the event.
After the graduation ceremony, the senior class will participate in the traditional Safe and Sober Grad Night planned by the PTSA Grad Night Committee, which noted that generous financial support also came from the community for this annual event.
Grad Night organizers said that dozens of parents, local businesses, service clubs and community organizations helped make it possible “for the young people to spend an evening together celebrating their last day of high school and their first day as graduates before heading off to new lives at college and the working world.”

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