TYNGSBOROUGH — Superintendent Jill Davis is pleased to announce that Greater Lowell Tech held several socially distanced ceremonies awarding 502 graduating seniors their diplomas last week. Also shared with the community was the Class of 2020 Commencement video, which can be viewed by clicking here.
“One day you will look back and reflect on your life; the places you’ve traveled, people you interacted with, things that made you feel good about yourself, the people you helped when you were busy but found the time and care,” Superintendent Davis said. “Allow that period of reflection to fill you with pride. Be humble and grateful for life’s opportunities and what you’ve gained from them. Be the change you want so desperately to see in this world. It’s the only world we have and together you are the solution.”
The video features speeches by Superintendent Davis; Valedictorian Courtney M. Wilder, of Dracut; Salutatorian Enrico N. Nuttoli, of Dracut; School Committee Chairman Paul Morin; and keynote speaker, Alumna and Gilbane Building Company Senior Project Engineer Haylee Bacik.
“During our three and a half years of high school, we learned a lot about each other and ourselves,” Wilder said. “The best lessons we learned are: it’s okay to be who you are, friends are those who stick by you through the good times and the bad, we are able to remain strong through times of uncertainty, and most importantly, how to keep our vision for the future clear. Congratulations Class of 2020!”
Wilder studied programming and web development at GLTHS and plans to study computer science at UMass Lowell this fall.
“Our high school experience should not be taken for granted; there was much to learn from this pandemic and it can encourage us and bring us back together,” Nuttoli said. “We could not see this coming and we must work around it, together as Gryphons.”
Nuttoli studied programming and web development at GLTHS and plans to study computer science at UMass Lowell this fall.
“It is important to always look for ways to give back to others, as you grow throughout your careers,” Bacik said during her keynote speech. “I know today may not have been they way most of you pictured your graduation would be, but I hope you leave today feeling empowered by the skills you have earned, excited for the new opportunities that lie ahead and encouraged to make a positive impact on the world.”
Greater Lowell Tech also held 19 ceremonies awarding graduating seniors their diplomas on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, breaking up the events in order to allow for proper social distancing. Students were also asked to wear masks during each event. Each event was also live-streamed on the district’s website.
At each ceremony, students had the opportunity to walk across a stage and accept their diploma, which was placed on a pedestal by the Superintendent. Then they proceeded to an area to the right of the stage under the school name, where they had their photo taken before leaving the event site.
Students graduating from Construction Programs were recognized on Tuesday, students from the Personal Services Programs were recognized on Wednesday, students from the Technology and Allied Health Programs were recognized on Thursday, and students from the Transportation and Manufacturing Programs were recognized on Friday.
“It has been an honor and our privilege to be a part of your high school career as your teachers and now today as your senior class advisers,” said Senior Class Adviser Kimberly Febres. “The chapter called high school in the story of your life is over and sadly we can no longer be your teachers. Happily learning isn’t over and life is your teacher now. Tomorrow begins a new chapter, make a difference in this world.”