Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Read all about our long-awaited in-person graduation ceremony here.
WECA held its Southern California Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Saturday, August 21 at the Falkner Winery in Temecula, and the event was a lively success!
Attendees were treated to scenic vineyard views, a delicious spread, swag from WECA Industry Partners such as Milwaukee Tool, and a long-awaited celebration of their hard work and dedication, with WECA's Tom Thompson on emcee duty.
"We are thankful that we were able to celebrate our graduates' accomplishments this year," says Thompson. "Not only did we celebrate the 2021 graduates, but we were also joined by and had the opportunity to honor some of last year's graduates who missed out due to their graduation being cancelled by COVID-19. It was a wonderful evening with everyone in great spirits from beginning to end. At times, the excitement and joy in the room was palpable. There were also moments of reflection, focused on gratitude for those who have supported our graduates on their journey, and thoughts of the future and how to prepare for the next chapter in their career. Respects were paid to WECA family members who are no longer with us: Low Voltage instructor Steve Kappes and students Rodrigo Carrillo and Andrew Kohlmann, through a moment of silence. In addition, everyone working onsite and pre-event planning, gave their all to ensure that this graduation flowed seamlessly and was special for our 2020 and 2021 graduates. Graduates who have dealt with and adapted to very peculiar and difficult circumstances over the past year and a half. We are so proud of each and every one of you!"
Neil Pesarillo, a Low Voltage instructor at WECA's San Diego training facility, concurred by saying "I noticed many attendees having fun and enjoying themselves; definitely a good vibe all around. The crowd really took to the messages of congratulations and gratitude shared by Tom on behalf of the whole WECA team."
Congratulations to all our Southern California Graduates, and we look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in the future!