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Largest School District on the Peninsula to Graduate More Than 700 Seniors


May 30, 2022


Marci McFadden, Chief of Communications & Engagement



Largest School District on the Peninsula to Graduate More Than 700 Seniors

Many graduates headed to colleges and universities across the country


Monterey, CA – The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will graduate more than 700 seniors on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Despite a global pandemic that thwarted full graduation activities in 2020 and 2021, MPUSD was still able to offer modified in-person graduation ceremonies for students. This year will be the first time the district and its schools fully open the ceremonies to families without strict requirements. 

MPUSD has followed the California Department of Public Health guidelines throughout the pandemic. All ceremonies will be held outdoors and while not required, MPUSD will strongly recommend facial coverings.

“We were fortunate to partner with WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2020 and the Monterey County Fair and Event Center in 2021 so our graduates were able to celebrate their accomplishments,” said PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. “The events went so smooth that we are back again at the fairgrounds and at full capacity.”

MPUSD boasts a high graduation rate of 93.5%, nearly 6% higher than the state (87.7%) and 7% higher than the county (86.2%) averages. “We are extremely proud of our Classes of 2022. They have overcome great adversity studying through Distance Learning for part of their sophomore year and their entire junior year,” continued Diffenbuagh. “Caps off to them for displaying grit and determination the past two years.”

A dozen MPUSD students also completed their Associate Arts (AA) degrees or IGETC via Monterey Peninsula College Dual Enrollment Program. Learn more here.

Following the graduation date/times, is a list of colleges and universities that MPUSD graduates have been accepted to for fall 2022.

Friday, June 3, 2022
Monterey County Fair and Event Center
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA

9:00 a.m. Marina High School

10:30 a.m. Central Coast High School

12:00 noon Seaside High School

2:00 p.m. Monterey Adult School

3:30 p.m. Monterey High School

The event will also be live streamed on MPUSD TV at

List of Colleges and Universities MPUSD Students Plan to Attend Fall 2022

  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University, Idaho
  • Cabrillo College
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • California State University, San Diego
  • California State University, San Francisco
  • California State University, San Jose
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • California State University, Sonoma
  • Central Coast College
  • Cuesta College
  • Electric Trade School
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Hartnell College
  • Indiana Tech
  • John Cabot University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • New York University
  • Penn West University
  • San Diego City College
  • San Jose City College
  • Santa Clara University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • St. John's College Annapolis
  • Stanford University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense - Campus Valonguinho
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • University of Reno, Nevada
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester (New York)
  • University of Texas, San Antonio
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington, Tacoma

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About Monterey Peninsula Unified School District


The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is home to approximately 9,600 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. The district also houses preschool and adult education. The district is built on a solid foundation of effective instruction, positive school culture, systems of support, and collaborative leadership. The district is nestled along the Monterey Bay, and stretches from the city of Marina to the north to the city of Monterey to the south, and includes the communities of Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside.