CRANBURY, NJ – In bow ties and blazers, white dresses, flats and heels, the students of the Cranbury School's eighth-grade class gathered in the gymnasium Friday night to receive their diplomas at graduation and to remind one another that “the best is yet to come.”

Following the traditional processional to “Pomp and Circumstance,” Student Council President William Novak greeted family and friends and welcomed them to the program.

“I think I speak for most of us when I say that Cranbury School has prepared us to take what we've learned and move on,” he said. “No matter what high school or college we attend, or what job we have when we're older, (we'll) go through good times and tough times – it's just the way life is. We may not be able to control the events that happen, but we can control how we perceive the outcome of these events.”

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The class theme of “the best is yet to come,” was presented by Savannah Spring, and students performed several musical selections including, “We're All in This Together,” from High School Musical, “House of Gold,” by Twenty One Pilots and “We Must Say Goodbye,” by Cynthia Gray.

Taking turns with the microphone, students also shared inspirational quotes with the audience that they found particularly meaningful. According to the program notes, the readings allow every eighth grader to have a speaking part during the ceremony.

Addressing the eighth grade class, Chief School Administrator Dr. Susan Genco said that graduation brings with it opportunity.

“Graduation gives you an opportunity to be grateful for all the opportunities you were able to take advantage of at Cranbury School over the past nine years,” she said. “Your teacher's guidance, to challenge and encouragement, the relationships and bonds that you have with one another and the unconditional love and support you received from your families. As you embark on the next phase of your journey, take time to reflect upon and be grateful for how far you have come and set a course for where you want to go.”

Dr. Genco then presented the class to the Board of Education, certifying that the students had met all the requirements for graduation and were eligible to receive their diplomas.

After the final name had been called and diploma awarded, the eighth grade gift committee announced this year's class decided to plant and and dedicate a tree to the school's teacher of the year. The class also bought a storage unit for Mrs. Charwin's office and provided a Staples gift card for Mrs. Charwin and Ms. Donovan to purchase school supplies for students who may need them.

A video presentation spotlighted each of the students in the graduating class for members of the audience.

This year's ceremony graduated 64 eighth grade students, according to the program listing. Cranbury students attend Princeton High School, as the district lacks a high school of its own. According to the PHS academic calendar, classes begin Sept. 7.


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