MADISON, NJ - The Madison High School Class of 2012 was honored at its commencement ceremonies on Friday evening. The graduation was held at the Ferguson Center of Fairleigh Dickinson University with more than 200 students receiving their diplomas.
The enthusiasm for the graduates and their accomplishments was contagious as the auditorium was packed with proud family and friends. Joe Giugliano, one of the school's guidance counselors said, "Every year is exciting, every year is a thrill." Senior Curtis Hubbard agreed. He said that graduation was "awesome" and that he couldn't wait to continue his education in college.
Debbie DeBiasse's daughter Corey was the first in the family to graduate from Madison High School. She said, "I am excited yet sad. I am going to miss her when she goes to college." Senior Rosalyn Blake's family came to see her graduate. Rosalyn's uncle, Curtis Green, said, "I feel great." Rosalyn's young cousin, Tenisha, said, "I feel excited."
The Madison High School Symphonic Band directed by Russell Batsch performed "Pomp and Circumstance" as the faculty processed followed by the graduates who were clad in burgundy caps and gowns. The faculty gave a round of applause for the seniors.
Peter Willis, class president, gave a heartfelt greeting to all in attendance saying that it was an "honor and a blessing" to be at graduation. Salutatorian Vijay Prabakaran spoke on "Dreams" saying that the school was like an "extended family." Valedictorian John Mahoney spoke on the theme "Don't Forget to be Nostalgic." He said that high school is a unique experience and that it was good to reminisce. He stated, "We will always be the class of 2012."
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Rossi, made the "Presentation of the Class." In his address, he echoed the sentiments of many when he said, "We are all so proud of you." He hailed the the accomplishments of the class who received 379 awards and scholarships and said "It's great to be a Dodger." Board of Education member Linda Gilbert took a special pride in speaking to the graduates as her son, Matthew Gilbert, was a member of the class. She encouraged the students to be "lifelong learners." After the "Conferring of Diplomas," Madison High School Principal Gregory Robertson presented awards.
Robertson said the Class of 2012 is a very cohesive and caring group of young men and women. "They have a genuine interest in seeing their classmates succeed and have demonstrated compassion for others." Robertson said he hopes that the education each graduate received in Madison will somehow help them to pursue a career path that brings them an enormous sense of pride and fulfillment.
At the end of the commencement, "Alma Mater" was played by the Symphonic Band. There was great joy and pride as the graduates recessed to "Hymn of Freedom." Throughout the ceremonies, all of the graduates were praised for their abilities in the classroom and for their artistic and athletic achievements. The students had a rich high school career because of the excellent education provided in Madison. The Madison High School Class of 2012 enjoyed the support of their families, teachers and mentors. They are well prepared to start their promising futures.