BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Ridge High School's graduation ceremony for 2017 was a milestone for two reasons: the biggest graduating class ever at Ridge - 488 seniors who every year made their impact on the school system as they climbed up the ladder from middle school to high school - took their first steps out into the big world.

It was also the last graduation ceremony to be presided over by retiring Ridge Principal Frank Howlett, Jr. When it came time to toss graduation caps, the longtime principal joined in as well as he prepared to leave a job that brought him in contact with thousands of Ridge high schoolers.

The graduation ceremony itself was livestreamed on June 16 on the school website, and is now posted on YouTube.

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The three student speakers, Thomas Martinson, Timothy Morrow and Thomas Mazumder, spoke of the support that the Class of 2017 showed when their classmates achieved some of performances in athletics and academics.

Here are some more photos of that special night by photographer Betsy Bacot-Aigner.