Class of 2020 Graduation
August 1, 2020
Two months after their originally scheduled ceremony, Rockland High School’s Class of 2020 finally had its Graduation. On August 1, a beautiful Saturday night, 149 members of the Senior Class paraded into Veterans Memorial Stadium, ready to finally say their goodbyes to this year and to their high school careers. They were led by Junior Class Marshals Cullen Rogers and Lauren Draicchio, and RPS administrators. Members of the faculty followed the class into the stadium.
Senior Class President Mathew Bruzzese conducted the ceremony that had most of the same elements as always. He addressed his classmates during the program as did Class Valedictorian, Tyler Gambon.
(see WRPS video below)
Speakers included Robert Murphy, science teacher, who was invited to speak by the class. He referenced Charles Dickens’ first lines of A Tale of Two Cities in his opening remarks: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” words appropriate he said to the school year that saw great success for the class but ended abruptly with the pandemic. He also, as did all the speakers, commended the class for its resilience and good humor in dealing with the events of their senior year.
Also speaking were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan Cron, Chair of the Rockland School Committee Jill Maroney, and RHS Principal Dr. John Harrison. All the speakers wished the class good luck and bright days in their futures.
Class Vice President Katy Buckley presented the class gift to Lauren Draicchio, president of the Class of 2021.
As they came forward to get their diplomas, Dr. Harrison read the names of graduates along with noting their future plans.
With one last roller coaster led by Owen Shea and the traditional tossing of hats, Graduation 2020 was over.
Graduates, parents and teachers will long remember this most accomplished and resilient Class of 2020. Good luck to all!
Photos below courtesy of Pat Glennon
The WRPS video of the ceremony is below: