Five years after its building plans were first drawn up, the new Venice Skills Center held its first graduation ceremony Thursday, June 19th.

The graduating class included 135 multicultural students who received their Career and Technical Education Certificates at the ceremony. The students are from diverse cultural backgrounds representing countries such as India, Pakistan, Burma, Guatemala and Morocco.

Twelve of the students were scholarship recipients.

The event began with greetings from assistant principal Claudia Perkins and principal Cynthia Y. Tollette, who said, “Today’s graduation proves what hard work and determination can accomplish.”

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl was also in attendance and commended the students on their achievements.