UPDATED, June 7: Arlington High School heard a range of speeches on Saturday, June 3, as 307 students were listed in the program as graduates of the class of 2017.
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Principal Matt Janger made provisions for taking the event indoors in case of rain. Drops fell about 11 a.m. after commencement was set up.
The sun came out. Seats were wiped off, and by the 3 p.m. start, clouds had rolled in. Yet, for the shower of speeches, the weather held.
Later, after words of hope and humor, the rain fell.
Among the addresses were those by:
Emily Brown: How the sun found those seedlings
Sana Mohtadi: The value of inclusion
Tarangana Thapa: Satisfaction is a threat to progress
Michael Sandler: Bill and Lill's power of persevering
The program included the following:
Master of Ceremonies: Robert DiLoreto, Dean of Fusco House
Processional: Entrance of the Class of 2017
Presentation of Colors: Arlington Police Department Honor Guard National Anthem
Arlington High School Band Welcome
Matthew Janger, Principal, Elementary School Faculty
Appreciation Awards Announcement, introduced by Julius Rosenthal, secretary of the Class of 2017
Community Recognition: Jeff Thielman, Chair, Arlington School Committee
Class Achievements, Kathleen Bodie, Superintendent of Schools
Remarks: Elsa Rothenberg, president, Class of 2017
Remarks: Emily Brown, president of the Student Council
Faculty speaker: Michael Sandler, introduced by Sarah O’Connell, secretary of the Class of 2017
Honors speaker: Tarangana Thapa
Honors speaker: Sana Mohtadi
Interlude: AHS Madrigal Choir, conducted by Senior Zachary DeBesche
"Reap What You Sow" by Pepper Choplin
Presentation of diplomas: Matthew Janger, principal; Jeff Thielman, chair, School Committee
Presentation of class gift and conclusion: Elsa Rothenberg, president of the Class of 2017
Readers: Veronica Tivnan, Dean, Downs House; William Mc Carthy, vice principal;
Diploma assistants: Susan Briggs, Danielle Rakowsky
Graduation coordinators: Joanna Begin
More information is available here >>
This news announcement was published Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and updated June 7.
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