Project Familia is for the Class of 2020

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(Press Release) — Project Familia: For the Graduate creates an opportunity to highlight the Class of 2020 high school graduates by having a banner of their chosen graduation photo posted roadside, within their school zone sometime in May or June.

This event is open to all high school graduates on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

The graduation  banner is $25 for a 2' x 2' individual, full color printed banner with frame and stand. Payments can be made at the following locations and times:

  • Minatchom Atdao Pavilion

Tuesday and Thursday  

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.


10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • 13 Fishermen Pavilion

Wednesday and Friday 

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Please place payment in a sealed envelope and write the following information on it: graduate's name, high school, and email address. A receipt of your payment will be sent via email. Cash or checks accepted only. If paying by check, please make it payable to “Rosalzest.” Deadline to sign up and make a payment is on Friday, May 15, 2020.

To sign up for your graduation banner, an online form must be completed at

Once the form is submitted, someone from the graduate’s high school will contact the parent/legal guardian with further details.

Project Familia: For the Graduate is part of many future projects that will be produced by Project Familia. Project Familia is made up of a small group of classmates (a.k.a. the MHS Rockettes) who have become lifelong friends and wanted to provide a unique opportunity to celebrate our graduates despite schools being closed and graduation plans still uncertain due to Covid-19.

Should you have any questions or other inquiries, please contact Project Familia's Linda Concepcion-Torres at 287-7861, Rita Chong-Dela Cruz at 789-1986, or Bertha Torres at 788-1100.

Bertha Torres explained that this idea came about after the group had been discussing how sad it is that these kids are not going to experience walking across the stage to get their diplomas with their families watching them with pride.

And for parents as well, this is a very momentous time for them because it is a huge accomplishment after years of assisting their kids, guiding them and working to provide them with everything they need to help them succeed, said Lillian Pangelinan (MHS Class of 1987). 

Rita Chong found a picture of graduate banners displayed along a roadside and shared it with the group.  “I just shared that I wish we could do something like that here in the CNMI, according to Chong.  The group immediately decided to find out how to make this project happen and they got to work. 

Linda Torres (Class of 87) worked on the banner design, “it was a lot of fun laying the groundwork for this, checking printers and looking at designs because this project will make our graduates very happy.”




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