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Message from Our Superintendent

June 2023 Superintendent Message:

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community, 

For my final website message, I thought I would share my commencement speech that was delivered at all of our recent graduations at the end of May. It truly has been an honor and a privilege to serve your students as superintendent these past seven years. I hope my message was inspirational for your students. 

This is not farewell…this is until we meet again! 

Dear parents, family members, community leaders, and of course, our wonderful seniors…the Class of 2023. I am Nora Gutierrez, the proud superintendent of the Tolleson Union High School District. I have had the pleasure of being superintendent for the last seven years now. That means I have seen seven senior classes of TUHSD students graduate, ready to take on the world. I feel that same sense of pride and optimism as I look out at this year’s graduating class from (school name). 

I am so excited to see what life holds for all of you. Your future in this world is a blank canvas on which you can paint whatever your heart desires and chooses. Will you become a doctor, lawyer, scientist, or accountant? Will you enter the military and serve our country with pride? Will you enter a trade program and become a top-notch mechanic, a chef, or a restaurant, or business owner? The future is bright for all of you, it’s your decision to make. 

As I look out at the graduates, I can feel the energy and youthful exuberance radiating from each and every one of you. It is palpable. And do you want to know why? Because all of us on this stage, and all of your family members in the audience, and all your teachers and school administrators who are present, and everyone who is livestreaming your graduation, knows what we all know. You are graduating because you have done your job for the last 13 years, K–12…you have earned your high school diploma! 

I have no doubt that you will continue to be successful in all your future endeavors. Make yourself proud, and your family. Friends will also be proud of you. Always remember, do everything you do with pride

I know that you will go out and represent your school, your district, and your community with pride. You’ve already been doing it for the last four years. 

This is my last graduation ceremony as superintendent of the Tolleson Union High School District. It has truly been my pleasure to be on this journey with you over the last four years. Congratulations to each and every one of you. It’s time to celebrate!


Nora Gutierrez

Nora Gutierrez

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