The weather cooperated with the graduation exercises of the Revere High School Class of 2018 held at Harry Della Russo last Thursday night.
Known for its diversity, 480 students from all over the world donned their blue or white caps and gowns as they entered in front of their friends and family, school officials and elected officials including Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.
High School Principal Dr. Lourenco Garcia served as the master of ceremonies and noted the Class of 2018 was one of the largest classes in recent years and one that has an impressive number of students going on to top educational institution.
In addition, over $1 million dollars was given away in scholarships.
“You are leaving our system well prepared,” he said. “This is just the beginning of a bright path that is filled with your hopes and your dreams.”
Mayor Brian Arrigo, chairman of the School Committee, noted that the class represents 15 countries with students who speak 28 native languages.
“You are a model of collaboration and harmony,” he said.
While reflecting on his graduation from RHS 20 years he encouraged students not to doubt themselves as he did during his college application process.
“Rise and let nothing hold you down,” Arrigo said.
School Committee Vice Chair and former Superintendent of Schools Carol Tye also gave a lesson in history when she noted the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
“We need you to change the world again,” she said. “Register to vote and bring your parents to even the small elections. You are the Dreamers. Dream every kind of dream. Dream of peace, justice and prosperity. Dream of a path to citizenship for everyone, and as Robert Kennedy wished for you, stay forever young.”
Student speakers during the ceremony included Class President Megan Nguyen, who will attend Georgetown University.
“Go forth and set the world on fire,” she said.
Salutatorian Amy Ly, will attend Tufts University, noted that the class has struggled and persevered to get to where they are today.
“Listen, understand and care,” she said.
Valedictorian Patrick Adolphus, will attend Harvard University, and he had a simple message, looking back to the first day of high school, “turn the TV off. We are all given 24 hours a day, it’s how you use those 24 hours.”
“Be the hero of your own story don’t let anyone stop you no matter how crazy you may sound,” he said. “Forget about technology just for a minute out of your 24 hours and focus on real life connections, experiences and memories. I implore you, turn that TV off.”