WESTBOROUGH – The 151st annual graduation ceremony of Westborough High School was held on a damp Saturday evening at Joseph R. Mewhiney Field.
After the class of 2023 made their way to their seats, the WHS Senior Choral Union performed the National Anthem.
Class President William Yearick gave his speech to his classmates commending them on their hard work and dedication, as well as giving words of encouragement towards their future endeavors.
“Graduating high school is a huge accomplishment and I am beyond proud to be a part of this class. Whether we’re going to college, starting a job or pursuing a passion, we all have the power to shape our own futures. It’s time for us to leave our comfort zones,” said Yearick.
He concluded his speech by quoting Ferris Bueller, “the question isn’t what are we going to do, but the question is what aren’t we going to do?”
Valedictorian Brooke Oberlee gave heartfelt remarks to her mother and read numerous passages from books that inspired her the most during her childhood, one of them being “Oh The Places You’ll Go” By Dr. Seuss.
“When I was about five-or-six years old, my mom read me this book almost every night in order to boost my confidence. I was and am so fortunate to have parents that have believed in me since day one and most importantly, taught me how to believe in myself,” said Oberlee.
WHS Principal Brian M. Callaghan concluded the speeches with inspirational words before the graduates were handed their diplomas.
He gave credit to the students for assisting in the return of normality after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You helped us through the recovery, your positive force helped us return to normal. The number of clubs created, your participation in those clubs, athletics and fine arts provided the boost in spirit that our community needed,” said Callaghan.
Callaghan also expressed immense gratitude and pride towards the graduates saying that “the class of 2023 is absolutely one of my favorite classes out of the 23 years I’ve been in Westborough.”
As the ceremony wrapped up, the graduates ran to the side of the Joseph R. Mewhiney Field, threw their caps in the air and celebrated their accomplishments with hugs from fellow classmates and family.