Ari Guiragos Armenian School: The Anchor of Orange County’s Armenian Community

Students on stage at Ari Guiragos Armenian School's graduation ceremony

When your eyes start watering from happiness and emotion, you know something is right and well worth the sacrifice. On Sunday, June 8, 2014, AGM’s school year culminated in a very special year end program and graduation ceremony at Godinez High School Auditorium in Santa Ana. In what turned out to be a spectacular performance put forth by the students, nearly 450 audience members witnessed the vital role of an Armenian school in the lives of both the youth and community involved.

The students performed classic Armenian poetry, songs, and dance to outline the theme of the evening’s program which was appropriately titled “The Traveler to Eternity” depicting scenes from Gevok Emin’s classic novel. Just as the students presented the millennium of rich Armenian history, culture, and religion, the performances underscored the dedication of Armenian families in Orange County to their children and national identity. “The Traveler to Eternity” was capped with a scene of today’s Armenian youth living in the United States and preserving its heritage within a united community. The correlation between hundreds of years of struggle runs parallel to the daily joy of witnessing a strong vibrant Armenian school.

Following the performance was the kindergarten and sixth grade graduation ceremony, where students received their diplomas and were recognized for their hard work and efforts throughout the year. The sixth grade students expressed their heartfelt words of gratitude to the school as they bid AGM a bittersweet farewell.

It takes a lot to run a village, even a small one. It takes trust and honesty but, more importantly, it requires passion and vision. AGM’s model of reinventing itself is the classic and defined example of the future of Armenian schools around the world. Today’s sophisticated parents and families demand a multitude ranging from prime education to extracurricular activities intertwined in a cultural and religious foundation. This is what AGM has accomplished and proudly displayed on Sunday afternoon. The future of A.G. Minassian Armenian School and the OC Armenian Community is bright given what was witnessed.

To enroll your children at the Minassian School, please call the office at (714) 839-7831 or visit


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