After 14 years as classmates and friends in Southern Westchester BOCES programs, Jesus Popoca and Karen Garcia-Tobon received their graduation certificates in a June 17 ceremony at Tappan Hill School that parents and friends watched via Zoom.
Tappan Hill Principal Phyllis Rizzi congratulated the graduates, who held hands as they stood next to her. Karen began attending SWBOCES in 2005, and Jesus started in 2008.
“Over the years, Karen and Jesus have formed a strong attachment and friendship, as you can see,” Ms. Rizzi said. “They genuinely care for each other and look to each other during daily classroom activities. They have a mutual supportive relationship.”