SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A large crowd broke out into cheers and applause as Central High School students said goodbye to one chapter, and hello to the next.
The graduates filled Symphony Hall in Springfield, excited to receive their diplomas. The senior class feels like family and they are among the most diverse in the school’s history.
But Thursday’s ceremony was also a time to reflect on a tragedy that took the lives of three classmates earlier this year. Three Central High students were killed in a car crash in January.
Assistant Principal Travis Reed told 22News, he’s inspired every day by the strength of his senior class.
“I’m very proud of my kids,” Reed said. “They showed such poise. They showed their emotions, they learned how to deal with something very grown up.”
Despite this tragedy, these graduates told 22News there’s a strong sense of community both in and out of the classroom.
More than 450 students received their high school diplomas, many of whom will go on to higher education or serve in the United States military.