With the flip of a tassel, Gloucester High School seniors converted to graduates Sunday, prepared to use the foundation they have developed as students and build upon it, just as the class of 1938 members honored at the ceremony Sunday have done.
This year’s graduating class also honored the class 75 years their seniors and presented an honorary diploma to a special community member who may never have finished schooling, but completed her own education in a more unconventional way.
Mayor Carolyn Kirk was first to congratulate the class of 2013, with a speech concise enough for her to post on Twitter, and what she called her shortest and likely most popular speech of the year.
“As you leave GHS remember Gloucester, city of beauty, character and resiliency,” Kirk said.
While many parents will hang onto the pamphlet from Sunday’s ceremony as a memento, protecting the paper for 75 years is a difficult task. Principal Erik Anderson held up a program from 1938 as he welcomed four members of that class at the graduation ceremony Sunday.
Noting how the country has changed in even the most recent few decades, School Committee chairman Jonathan Pope said that as federal officials tighten the purse strings, Gloucester continues to invest in our students.
“It is our hope that you leave here with the educational tools necessary to pursue your dreams and you are successful engaged lifelong learners and that you possess a moral compass that will guide you on a path that makes this a better world for everyone,” Pope said.
Class of 2013 Valedictorian Nathan Frontiero encouraged his classmates to hang on to their positive memories from their time in the Gloucester public schools and use their experiences to fuel their futures.
“You have the opportunity to try. Take that opportunity and run with it,” Frontiero said. “Embrace the adversity and ambiguity that you will face; you will find yourself better for having done so.”