MILLBURN, NJ - Yesterday morning, the Millburn High School Class of 2019 received their diplomas in the school’s 124th Commencement Program.
348 members of the class of 2019 were present on the field for the ceremony. After walking in by the scoreboard end of the field, the class took their seats and the ceremony could begin.
During the ceremony, a moment of silence was held for Carmen Guarino, who had worked at the school for years before dying from cancer just a week prior.
Graduates heard speeches from several people, including the school's principal, Dr. William Miron, and Senior Class President Molly Grazioso. Another of the graduation speakers was the district superintendent, Dr. Christine Burton.
In her speech, Burton said that throughout their time at the school, graduates had learned how to face the world, and would be prepared for whatever came after high school.
"You are leaving Millburn HS well-equipped and ready to meet the challenges of the future," Burton said in her speech. "The way to capture opportunities is to go out and experience things, try things and learn new things."
Burton added, "Meet people and go places that you find exciting. It is in those places you might just find your true passion that leads to your bliss."
The school district also awarded the Sally S. deVeer Memorial Award, given annually to one district educator for excellence in teaching. This year, the award was given to Dana Tinajero, an English language learning teacher in Millburn.
Tinajero has been with the district for nine years, with stops at Hartshorn Elementary School and Millburn High School. Tinajero currently works at the middle school
"It is a tremendous honor," Tinajero said. "I feel honored to be working here in Millburn and I just feel very excited to be recognized [with the award]."
Tinajero also said that it has been incredibly rewarding working in the Millburn School District and that she has interacted with nothing but great kids and great families.
With the speeches done, it was time for graduates to receive their diplomas. One-by-one, they came up to the table and received their diplomas from the current Board of Education president Alex Zaltsman.
After a handshake and a photo op, all the graduates returned to their seats, before tossing their caps into the air in celebration of all the had accomplished.
One of those students was Tyler Caillet. Caillet, who will be going to the College of Saint Elizabeth in the fall to study business and market said that he was looking forward to enjoying what comes next.
Along with pride for his classmates and their accomplishments, Caillet also thanked the educators at the high school for working with him to get to this point.
"[I want to thank] My teachers," Caillet said. "Because they really helped me a long way...when I wanted to give up so bad, they never gave up on me and they kept helping me."
As the ceremony ended, students mingled on the field with their families before departing the school grounds.
Additional reporting by Matthew Kass.