Class of 2017 Graduation
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On last Friday, June 2, at 7 pm at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium, the Class of 2017 took their final walks across the field to grab their diplomas and throw their caps in their final step to completing their high school education.The rain held off long enough for one of the last groups born in the 1900s to graduate.
The senior gift presented by 2017 Vice President, Colleen McCarthy was passed down to the junior class President, Hannah Boben. It was a bronze bulldog, a symbol of RHS representing each graduating class.
During the ceremony, the RHS Band played “German Dance” by, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and the Recessional “Pomp and Circumstance”.
At the graduation, there were several speakers who spoke about “Bulldog Pride”, how the graduating class can make a change in the world, and the changing world they’re being sent off to.
These included 2016-2017 Class President, Kaylee Patten, Valedictorian, Luana Lima, freshman biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio, and RPS Superintendent, Dr. Allan Cron.
Principal Dr. John Harrison announced the Rockland Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation Award winners, and prior to the presentation of diplomas, School Committee Vice Chairman, Richard Phelps said a few words about Bulldog Pride.
While Dr. Harrison called the graduates’ names and spoke about their plans, Mr. Phelps, Vice Principal of RHS, Kathleen Paulding, Guidance Director Margaret Black, and Senior Class Advisor, Samantha Hoyo presented the seniors with their diplomas and handshakes.