Merced County West Side graduates receive diplomas

Hundreds of graduates on Merced County’s West Side were joined by family members and well-wishers Friday night as Los Banos and Pacheco high schools held individual commencement ceremonies. Gustine and Dos Palos high schools also held commencement ceremonies Friday. More than 3,000 students graduated this year from high schools in Merced County, and local principals praised the students for remaining focused on achieving the goal of graduation.