MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Thursday night, Morristown High School held its 144th commencement ceremony at Mennen Sports Arena honoring over 460 graduating students. Following speeches from Morristown High School Principal Mark Manning, Morristown superintendent Mackey Pendergrast and many others, each student came forward to receive their diplomas.
After opening remarks from S.G.O President Anastasia Elizabeth Bergeron, Manning addressed the graduating class and commended them on all their achievements. He also reflected on the difficult times we are faced with today.
“We live in very uncertain times and we are sending you out to a very uncertain world, one that is very different from when I graduated from high school shortly after the Vietnam War,” he said.
However, he went on to say he is confident that there is still hope for the future and that hope lies in each of the graduates. Over the past four years, each student has had their character tested yet, in most cases they did the right thing he said.
“As you leave Morristown High School, may you take with you all that you have learned about how to treat others; with kindness, with honesty and with a high degree of responsibility, because you are our hope,” said Manning.
Superintendent Pendergrast also congratulated the graduating class and even stated that they are one of the most accomplished classes that Morristown High School has ever seen. From their theater department to their athletic department, he described the class of 2017 as a “remarkable” group of students.
This year’s salutatorian was Isabelle Ling Yue Augensen and Valedictorian was Carolyn Wong who both wished their classmates good luck in the future.