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HOLMDEL, NJ: On the morning of graduation day which was Thursday, June 13th,  the Holmdel High School Class of 2019 took a walk through all of the hallways of the Holmdel district’s schools to commemorate the journey that led them to reach graduation day.

On Thursday morning the senior class boarded school buses wearing their caps and gowns, and visited Village School (grades PK-3), Indian Hill School (grades 4-6) and the William R. Satz School (grades 7-8) to process through the hallways, symbolically retracing their K-12 footsteps.  Schools across the country have started practicing this tradition, with the idea that the “Senior Walk” will inspire younger students to succeed in school and achieve their dreams. This is the third year Holmdel’s soon-to-be-graduates took the “Senior Walk.” As the students entered the Village Elementary School there were children lining the path and blowing bubbles for the sea of blue as they entered the building. Once inside, the class of 2019 walked the same hallways that most of them shared four years of learning and growing, laughing and creating.

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The “Senior Walk” is an opportunity for the entire school community to participate in the district’s “send off” of its graduates. Students and staff in each of the schools lined the hallways to cheer on the Class of 2019 and many young students were seen raising their hands to high-five the seniors. There were many emotional moments in all of the schools as many seniors reunited with their favorite teachers from elementary school, or with their younger siblings...  

“I can’t think of a better way for all of us to congratulate our graduating seniors and to celebrate the end of another great school year for our district,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert McGarry. Senior and Student Representative to the Board of Education, Class President, Jessica D’Agostino said, “I think we all felt pride, overwhelming nostalgia, but mostly hope for the future generations of Holmdel."

VIDEOS: Below are a couple video clips of the Senior Walk 2019, beginning with the Village School.

And then Indian Hill.

The graduation ceremony was held later that evening at 6:30 pm, at the Brookdale Community College Collins Arena, in Lincroft, NJ. The Program was as follows: 

Processional, Class of 2019 Holmdel High School Band

National Antem and Alma Mater, Senior Chorus Members, Holmdel High School Chorus

Congratulatory Address, Dr. Robert McGarry, Superintendent of Schools

Salutatorian Address, Brian Chu

Valedictorian Address, Sameer Erramilli

Awarding of Diplomas

Changing of the Tassels, Jessica D'Agostino, Senior Class President

Recessional, Class of 2019

The evening included a beautiful tribute to beloved classmate Jack Dowd, missed by so many and always remembered.  For a previously published and more in depth TAPinto article about Jack Dowd, click the link below: 

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/holmdel-and-colts-neck/articles/videos-get-busy-living-honoring-and-remembering-holmdel-s-jack-dowd-at-dash-4-dowd

If anyone would like to add photos from graduation day to this article email them to jwall@tapinto.net