Long Branch:Underneath sunny skies, the Long Branch senior class took to the all-purpose stadium field for the 2013 commencement ceremony. Graduates from the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics along with graduates from the School of Visual and Performing Arts as well as graduates from the School of Leadership all marched in to Pomp and Circumstance passing by family, friends, and loved ones who filled the bleachers to capacity.
After settling in, Lead Principal, Vincent J. Muscillo, led the ceremony and kept the event on track. Graduating seniors listened as Board of Education member Tara Beams and Mayor Adam Schneider addressed the graduates and capacity crowd. Fellow Senior, Sara Morales, gave the Valedictory address. Her speech reminded the crowd how important this class was to the city of Long Branch and how special it is to speak one last time in front of family, friends, and administrators.
Shortly after Sara’s address, Superintendent of Schools, Michael Salvatore, began the graduation process. Students from their respective schools were called one by one to shake hands with all of the members of the Board of Education. This recessional went by very quickly considering there were over 250 graduating seniors whose name would be called.
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The entire ceremony lasted a little under an hour and a half. After graduating, seniors went back into the high school for last good byes. There they would take pictures with family, friends, and teachers.
After the event was over, family, friends, and loved ones waited anxiously for their graduate to filter out to the common meeting areas near the football field. There they would hug, cry, shake hands, and bask in this well-deserved moment together for one last minute. For in the future, these seniors will no longer be students, but rather, they will be Long Branch alumni who will always remember that “you can’t hide the green wave pride.”