By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
WESTBOROUGH – Humidity didn’t seem to faze the Westborough High School (WHS) Class of 2021 as they assembled June 5 for their outdoor graduation. The 311 students are the 149th class to graduate from WHS.
Graduating senior Madilyn Richards began the ceremony by singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Surrounding the turf field were decorations from the previous evening’s Memory Lane stroll for the graduating seniors and their families. Memories continued at the podium as School Committee Chair Kristen Vincent welcomed everyone to the ceremony.
Class President Jane Pittorino redefined “success” while sharing her WHS journey. Noting that her past presidential campaigns didn’t end victoriously, she thanked classmates for voting for her in their senior year.
“Above all, I didn’t give up,” she declared.
Valedictorian Aaron Smith expressed fondness for the WHS staff and gratitude for his classmates.
Superintendent Amber Bock discussed lessons learned from human connections during the pandemic’s isolation. Bock told the Class of 2021 that she’s impressed by the positive feeling they collectively exude.
Principal Brian Callaghan praised the graduating seniors for their resilience.
“We could not get through this without you,” he said. “… You conquered the most challenging event in modern history. For that, you should be proud of yourselves. … We’re going to miss you.”
A traditional sign of normalcy took place after the ceremony concluded. The WHS Class of 2021 gathered together and tossed their caps into the air.