On June 19, Roxbury teachers, family, and friends gathered at Roxbury High School to honor the senior class of 2012, as they took their first steps into adulthood by receiving their diplomas, and graduating from high school. The graduation ceremony left people emotional, but at the same time, excited for the future.
The graduates wore blue caps and gowns with a gold sash, as they were commended by fellow students, teachers, and Board of Education members. The ceremony started with the senior chorus members singing the Star Spangled Banner, and then class president Nick DeFuria spoke. Valedictorian Nicholas Wagstaff gave the salutatorian address, which was followed by speeches from the Superintendent, and from the President of the Board of Education. Forty-eight graduates were awarded with the Renaissance Award, which honors them for having a 3.75 or higher grade point average, every year throughout high school.
Principal Jeffery Swanson read a proposal from the seniors, which stated that parts of the school be named after Nick Russo, who passed away from cancer last year, and Amanda Nagy, a business teacher who passed away of breast cancer. Both proposals had over 600 signatures on it.
As Maria Rispoli and Elizabeth Heddy called seniors to the podium to receive their diplomas, the crowd cheered for every name. After everyone received their diplomas, all the graduates tossed their caps into the air with jubilation.
“It seemed like just yesterday that I taught these kids as underclassmen, and look at them now,” said Heddy.
“I’m excited and I don’t feel like it’s real,” graduate Madison Temples said. “I still feel like a freshman,” she added. Temples is going to study engineering at Penn State University.
No matter where these seniors decide to do with their lives, they won’t be forgotten, according to assistant principal, Dominick Miller. “Although they really tested my metal, they’re a great class, and they will be remembered by everyone here,” Miller said.