Gathered for a photo following their Bedford High School graduation ceremony: Colin Perras, Joshua Belz, Jimmy Heald, Christopher Plouffe, Jeremy Myers, Yanick Baribeau and Christopher Shaughnessy. (Darrell Halen)
Bedford grads urged to learn from failure
That was one of the inspirational messages shared at Bedford High School’s graduation ceremony Saturday, when 294 seniors donning red and white caps and gowns received their diplomas.
Munoz, along with other speakers at the ceremony, noted that the graduates are prepared to face the future and make a difference.
At the beginning of the indoor ceremony – the event was held in the gymnasium due to the threat of rain – Principal William Hagen told the audience that teachers and staff had prepared the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed and that they had met high academic standards to earn their diplomas.
“I applaud your perseverance, your determination, and your leadership,” said Hagen, who along with other speakers noted the school’s academic and athletic accomplishments, recounted special memories, and wished the graduates success in the years ahead. “As a class, you have demonstrated (that) over the past four years.”The school’s staff, Hagen said, is proud of the type of people the graduates have become.
“Every struggle can present an opportunity to grow. Remember that your life will be enriched by the lives that you touch. And remember – Bedford High School will always be your home. Once you’re a bulldog, you’re always a bulldog,” he added, referring to the team’s mascot.
Along with the audience, they clapped along to the school band’s performance of the song, “Lean On Me,” laughed when senior Elliot Chun took a “selfie” photo of himself with teacher Brenda Hinz while receiving his diploma on stage, and gave a standing ovation to the four graduates who will be serving in the armed forces.