"Do not be afraid to try; be afraid to not try,” Erika deAndrade, the class poet laureate, recited. "We sit amongst each other, each with our own paths, our own ambitions. We will all face our own struggles. However, wherever our decisions take us, just remember to just try.”
The Class of 2018, just over 150 students who will parlay their certifications into hands-on jobs, college degrees or careers in the military, made a colorful bunch Thursday evening, packed into the technical school’s gymnasium along with their friends, family members and teachers.
Nearly 200 high school students graduated Thursday night, donning decorated caps and marching off Alumni Field to the "Star Wars" theme.
On the Wheeler Library lawn Thursday evening, donned in maroon and white, 44 students became the 62nd class to graduate from Wheeler High School and the last one that will graduate from the old Wheeler High School building.
Commencement speaker Wally Lamb, Class of 1968, took the 497 graduates on the athletic field at Norwich Free Academy on a 50-year journey to the past, then asked them to imagine themselves 50 years from now.
Ninety-one students made up the Class of 2018, graduating this year at Leamy Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London.
"Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world, because we are all dreamers," class valedictorian Maria Grillo said, quoting Harriet Tubman. "That's why we are here today, to change our world."
Among the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2018 are future entrepreneurs, politicians, environmentalists, musicians, historians, engineers, scientists, philanthropists and other professionals.
More than 220 seniors graduated Tuesday from New London High School and the Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut.
A contractor working pro bono is expected to install a handicapped accessible ramp at the Norwich Technical High School stage Tuesday so biotechnology graduate Kyle Tempesta can cross the stage to receive his diploma with his fellow Class of 2018 classmates at Thursday's graduation.
The Norwich Transition Academy is a post-high school training program for special education students ages 18 to 21 to learn vocational skills and train at job sites throughout the region.
Best-selling author Wally Lamb, a Norwich native and NFA Class of 1968 graduate will give the 50th anniversary speech at the June 21 NFA graduation ceremony.
College graduates from around the region.
A mere 45 graduates were enough to nearly fill Connecticut College's Palmer Auditorium on Wednesday afternoon for The Williams School's 127th commencement.
Sixty-seven people earned high school and GED diplomas Friday during commencement for New London Adult & Continuing Education.
Saint Bernard School presented 59 students with diplomas at its 60th commencement, held Friday evening at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick.
The 53rd graduation of Three Rivers Community College featured all the stories often associated with one of the state’s more affordable college choices, with students juggling school, work, family life and career changes.
The ensigns were given lieutenant commander shoulder boards, a rank usually achieved after 10 years of Coast Guard service, as a memento to encourage them to become leaders in the service.
Vice President Mike Pence told the Coast Guard Academy's Class of 2018 on Wednesday that they are entering the Coast Guard at a time of "historic investment" in the military.
Connecticut College's president told members of the college's centenary class that — like the college's first students — they "seized the opportunity to think and do and lead."