Marlborough High’s Class of 2024 – ‘tremendous character’

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Marlborough High’s Class of 2024 – ‘tremendous character’
Members of Marlborough High’s Class of 2024 head to their seats at Noble Field on June 2. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – In his first graduation ceremony as mayor of Marlborough, J. Christian Dumais recalled when he was a member of the Class of 1998, sweating it out in the Field House.

“I was where you are,” he told the Class of 2024 on June 2 at Noble Field. “If someone had told me that I would be mayor, I’d say you were out of your mind.”

His message to the class – follow your own path and be willing to work hard to achieve your goals.

“Hard work is the key to success,” he said.

Superintendent Mary Murphy told the class – in English, Spanish and Portuguese – that graduation “marks the beginning of a new chapter in your lives.”

“I have no doubt you will continue to make us proud,” she said.

For Principal Daniel Riley, the Class of 2024 was one of facing adversity – especially a pandemic – with “tremendous character.”

Riley said he was impressed with “how charitable you are as human beings.”

An example of that generosity – the senior class gift. The funds will be used to purchase jerseys for the school’s unified sports teams.

“We want to give back to this program,” said Alexis Ott, historian for the Class of 2024.
As valedictorian, Ott congratulated her classmates on making it to this day.

“It only took 13 years and a long pandemic,” she said.

Class President Risha Khanderia also referred to the pandemic, which impacted their freshman year. She listed several “I can’t wait” moments, with “I can’t wait to take this mask off” topping the list.

As sophomores, the class won the spirit week competition and remained undefeated the final two years.

After she thanked her parents “for giving me the world,” Khanderia had one more phrase.
“I can’t wait to graduate,” she said.

With that, she and her classmates were presented their diplomas by Dumais and Murphy. After they returned to their seats, they moved their tassels, threw their caps and proceeded off the field and into their first days at the newest alums of Marlborough High School.

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