President of his class for the past two years, Saint Bernard School senior Will Dittman is seen as a natural leader who understands and articulates what needs to be done to accomplish a particular goal.
GALLERIES: Graduations 2016
Cheers were deafening in the packed gymnasium as friends and family of the 129 graduating students congratulated the outgoing seniors for becoming certified to work in the restaurant industry, as hairdressers or barbers and in automotive service.
The Class of 2016 at Robert E. Fitch High School celebrated graduation Friday night and its achievements, including nearly $80,000 in scholarships, all-conference athletes and a softball team now ranked fourth in the nation.
While not every member of Norwich Technical School's Class of 2016 is entering the workforce right away — some are college bound and others have joined the military — all have obtained certificates that will open doors for them, according to Principal Nikitoula Menounos.
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Friends and family members packed the bleachers at the Donald E. Palmer Field at Stonington High School on the breezy evening, as members of the class of 2016 received their diplomas, reflected on the past four years and looked forward to their future.
Sitting on chairs on the field behind the high school they were leaving behind, the Class of 2016 graduated Monday evening after hearing speeches from several people who told them not to forget who got them there.
Town residents crowded around a grassy hill beside Wheeler Library to see the town's 43 graduates receive their diplomas Friday. Friends and family spilled out onto the field: some sitting on blankets alongside their dogs, or in the back of vehicles.
As members of East Lyme High School's class of 2016 prepared to leave behind their four years of high school on Friday, speakers encouraged them to keep learning and remember the importance of relationships.
The sun was bright and strong but the wind relentless as 70 graduates hailing from 32 different towns were applauded by relatives, teachers and friends as the Marine Science Magnet High School conducted its third commencement.
The highest-scoring member of Montville High's math team, the secretary of the international club, a member of the Honors Society and a student in several AP classes, she'll be getting a full scholarship for a degree in mechanical engineering at UConn.
Graduates of UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were urged to be flexible, turn adversity into opportunity and build upon on the foundation of their education at the first of Sunday's commencement ceremonies.