When Revere High School’s (RHS) Class of 2018 walks at this year’s graduation tomorrow, the Harry Della Russo Stadium may seem fuller than past years.
Although not all of them will be walking, the estimated figure of 460 to 470 students makes it possibly RHS’s “largest class ever,” said RHS Principal Dr. Lourenco Garcia.
“These are students who have invested significantly over the last four years, and they have excelled,” Garcia said. “This is attributed to the effort and the commitment the students have put into their studies, and the work the teachers have done for these kids.”
This year’s valedictorian is Patrick Adolphus, who will stay close for his new home: Harvard University.
The salutatorian is Amy Ly, who also chose a nearby destination at Tufts University. The class president is Megan Nguyen, who will attend Georgetown University.
Garcia said a large number of students have completed their capstone projects this year, which indicates that the students have pushed themselves beyond the traditional coursework many high schools require, he said.
“We have worked very hard to assure that all students that come to our school graduate. It’s up to them to take on the responsibility and to own it,” Garcia said. “With the support of their parents, with the support of the entire school district, these kids will walk the stage, receive a diploma, and move on with their lives.”
RHS Assistant principal Jon Mitchell said the capstone projects, which ranged from finding clothing for those in need to food drives, served as good representations of what defines this class: “big personalities, really good people,” he said. “They’re kind to each other, and they’re concerned about social issues.”
Given its historic size, Garcia said that the class will be headed to several directions, from military to community colleges and even the workforce. A very small minority, Garcia said, will have to complete their coursework over the summer to receive their diploma.
“We’re really proud of them,” Mitchell said, “and they’ve got bright futures ahead of them.”
This year’s graduation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, June 7, at Harry Della Russo Stadium, located on 75 Park Ave. The rain date is Friday, June 8, at the same time and location.