Class of 2014 Graduates from Harborfields High School

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Family, friends, members of the district’s Board of Education, administration, staff, and other special guests from the school community shared an important day in the lives of Harborfields High School’s Class of 2014 at the school’s 55th annual commencement exercises. As members of the senior class marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance,” they were greeted with cheers from the crowd, in celebration of their great accomplishments.
After senior members of the high school choir delivered a beautiful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the school’s alma mater, Superintendent of Schools Diana Todaro addressed the graduates. “You have reached this milestone in your life as a result of your commitment, motivation and initiative,” she said. “We are confident that the excellent foundation you have acquired during the past 13 years will ensure your continued success as you begin this new journey.”

Salutatorian Michael McDonagh then had the opportunity to address his peers, sharing his memories and lessons learned during his time in Harborfields. “We do not have to wait until we are 30 or 40 years old to start making a difference in the world,” Michael said. “While one single action will not fix the innumerable amount of issues that are facing our country and world today, everything starts small…We can impact the world now.”

Following Michael’s heartfelt speech, Class of 2014 President Ryan Cates also delivered words of wisdom to all gathered in attendance, speaking about the strong “HF family” that exists at the high school. “The HF family never ends,” he said. “It continues when you leave here to pursue your own life and career…It truly never stops.”

In his remarks, Keith Mills, class valedictorian, said, “High school is where we began to build our lives…We will continue to have to make choices that will shape our lives. I’m sure we can handle the challenges that we’ll face, especially as we face them more and more on our own.”
The featured speaker of the commencement ceremony, selected by the students, was high school English teacher James Incorvaia. He delivered a lively address to the Class of 2014, providing them with valuable advice for the future. “Your journeys have barely begun,” he said. “Yet recollect all the treasures you’ve accumulated, all the friendships you have formed, all the love that has been showered upon you, and you must surely see how rich your lives have already been.”

Harborfields High School Principal Dr. Rory Manning, in the final speech of the evening, shared a poignant story with the graduating class about a young boy scared of the dark. In the story, the father gave his young son a lantern to ease his fear. At the conclusion of the story, Dr. Manning instructed the graduates to look under their seats for a gift – a small Harborfields flashlight. “This morning, you are starting your own personal journey into your future,” said Dr. Manning. “At this time, you are unable to see where that journey will take each of you…The light that will guide you along that path is the love and support of your family, the education you received here in Harborfields over the past 13 years and the many life experiences you’ve had.”

Following the speeches, 276 members of the Class of 2014 crossed the graduation stage and received their diplomas, officially becoming alumni of the Harborfields Central School District. The district extends its best wishes to the graduating seniors and wishes them much success in the years ahead.