Westborough High graduates ‘the great and gritty class of 2020’


By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Alyssa Hogan returns to her seat with diploma in hand.

Westborough – It was better late than never when the Westborough High School (WHS) class of 2020 gathered Aug. 1 for their outdoor graduation ceremony – albeit with pandemic-era safety measures. Most of this year’s 264 graduates attended.

The ceremony began with graduating senior Jennifer Brown singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Valedictorian Nishka Pant reminisced about memorable experiences with her classmates while also giving a shoutout to family and faculty. Class President Rhea Balasubramanian advised her classmates to find the power for a revolution of equality.

School Committee Chair Sara Dullea assured the graduating seniors that the entire town of Westborough rallied for them. Superintendent Amber Bock reflected on the range of emotions – from joy to pain – that they endured during the past six months.

Principal Brian Callaghan drew applause when he proclaimed, “We all made it!” Encouraging the graduating seniors to remember the positive side of recent challenges, he noted that they’re WHS’s only class whose senior year began and ended with a parade. He also commended their resilience for making the graduation ceremony occur.

“Congratulations to the great and gritty class of 2020!” Callaghan cheered.

(Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

A WHS graduate is WPI bound.
Getting their diplomas are Katelynn Firth and Lydia Ferreira.
Ryan Nguyen returns to his seat with diploma in hand.
Jeremy James sports heart-shaped sunglasses.
Superintendent Amber Bock reflects on everyone’s past six months of unprecedented life experiences.
Principal Brian Callaghan commends the classmates’ resilience to make the graduation ceremony occur.
Valedictorian Nishka Pant reminiscences about classmates.
Class President Rhea Balasubramanian offers her classmates advice.
Graduating seniors listen to classmate Jennifer Brown sing the national anthem.
Graduating seniors enter the Joseph R. Mewhiney Turf Field in single file.