By MARY BYRNE
MONTAGUE — Soon after a calendar year of face masks and social distancing, friends and family celebrated the graduating class of Franklin County Technical Faculty in a ceremony Friday evening that resembled a return to “normalcy.”
“This has been a incredibly tricky 12 months for all of us,” claimed Principal Brian Spadafino. “But I’m energized to see all of these faces. It is so fantastic to see faces.”
The graduation took place on the soccer discipline at Franklin Tech — marking an nearly return to ordinary after past year’s graduation, for the duration of which seniors and their families proceeded onto the area not on foot, but in their motor vehicles.
In his opening remarks, Spadafino explained he hopes the “dark times” are practically in the earlier, and that he hopes they manufactured the group a lot more resilient, decided and grateful to people who are closest to us. To that close, he inspired seniors to remember the faculty local community will generally be a useful resource with which they can continue to be connected.
“You are geared up, but if you at any time have to have aid, you have academics, councilors, directors, classmates and household members you can get in touch with on,” he stated. “We all advantage when you are successful.”
School Committee Chair and Montague Selectboard Chair Richard Kuklewicz applauded not the only the learners, but the lecturers who “pivoted” with each and every problem they confronted and ongoing to shift forward.
“The instructors exemplified what they are here for — they are here for the youngsters,” Kuklewicz claimed.
In commemorating her past working day as a superior college scholar with her friends, Salutatorian Autumn Harris mirrored on the profit of receiving a specialized faculty training, namely in that it can help pupils discover their pursuits and attainable vocation paths soon after graduation.
“This is 1 of the beauties of attending Franklin County Technological Faculty,” she said.
Harris thanked her mother and father and instructors, and the students who encouraged her alongside the way.
“We are all good and we are all determined in our very own approaches,” she stated.
Valedictorian Jolene Dunbar remarked on the issues the class faced in the past 12 months and 50 %, with COVID-19 pandemic bringing to a halt their junior 12 months and continuing into their last year at Franklin Tech. She commended the challenging perform of each and every of her peers, pushing by means of the ups and downs.
“1,374 times in the past, we walked into our to start with day of university in this article as freshmen and began our journey as a result of large college,” she claimed. “We walked in as learners from numerous diverse middle universities, and we stroll out of listed here tonight as just one course — the graduated Class of 2021 at Franklin County Technological College.”
For more graduation protection, which includes graduates’ names, award winners and speeches, see the Recorder’s June 30 special segment commemorating the Course of 2021.
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