ELIZABETH, NJ – New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles is coming back to his hometown to deliver the keynote address at the Sixth Annual Commencement Exercises of Elizabeth Public Schools, Tuesday, June 23, at Williams Field on Clarkson Avenue in Elizabeth.

For Bowles, appearing at Williams Field will be a much anticipated homecoming. Bowles was born and raised in Elizabeth, graduating from Elizabeth High School with the Class of 1981. He also starred for the Elizabeth Minutemen football team, earning a scholarship to Temple University, and ultimately playing for the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. Though undrafted, in just his second season, he was starting at free safety for the Super Bowl XXII champion Redskins. A few years following his retirement, he took on his first professional coaching job as a Jets defensive backs coach under then general manager and coaching legend Bill Parcells.

Bowles’ professional coaching career came full circle on January 14, 2015, when he was hired to take the Jets head coaching job, returning to the Jets where home games will be just miles away from the first place he called home. At this year’s commencement ceremonies, it will come full circle again as he returns to the field where his football dreams first took root.

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Graduating seniors of John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Academy, Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Leadership Academy, and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy will join students of Elizabeth High School and Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy in commencement ceremonies.

This is the sixth commencement ceremony held at Williams Field for Elizabeth Public Schools graduates since the former Elizabeth High School, once one of the largest high schools in the United States, was formed into six independently operated high schools. 

For further information on Elizabeth Public Schools, visit www.epsnj.org