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06 / 08 / 2017
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BVT Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony Speaker Excerpts

A total of 286 graduates were honored at the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School commencement ceremony on June 1, 2017.  Held inside the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA, the ceremony featured spirited addresses from several speakers, including:

Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick, Superintendent-Director

“You’ve shown integrity throughout your time at BVT.  I hope you will build upon the momentum you’ve acquired and continue promoting respect and cheer in your life. Your dedication to this principle is prevalent in each of the four chapters of your high school story, and I implore you to continue the trend.”

“Recognize that every individual with whom you come into contact has the potential to help you succeed. Seize every opportunity to greet others and wish them well because every person you meet has something to offer.”

“As you write your next story, be a curious seeker of adventurous learning. Acquire new skills and view the world as an ocean of opportunity.  Recognize that occasional challenges and disappointment will likely be part of your journey, and strive to spread goodness wherever you go.”

Eddie Evans, Assistant Principal

“Don’t get too high on the highs, don’t get too low on the lows; if someone starts trolling maintain your poise. Look in the mirror every morning, and tell yourself that you’re going to make magic today regardless of the outside noise.”

“Never stop getting better… Never settle; don’t rest on your laurels, and always try to do everything a little bit better than you did it before.”

Grace Lemire, Student Council President, Multimedia Communications, Uxbridge

“It became so clear to me that what I truly loved about BVT wasn’t tangible. It wasn’t about whether I liked the color of the walls in my history class, and it wasn’t about whether the floor was scuffed or my chair squeaked. It was about the moments. The memories. The people. The passion and love that exudes from the students and staff.”

“You can only truly immerse yourself in the present when you have fully let go of the past. That doesn’t mean you have to forget about it and erase it completely, but it means that you have to move on when it is time. To my class, the Blackstone Valley Tech Class of 2017, it is time. Time to take all of our knowledge, experience, and passion to even greater heights.”

Erik Martus, Class Salutatorian, Multimedia Communications, Douglas

“Why does our vocational education and the passions we've discovered matter? Though the notion is cliché they matter because we truly are the leaders of tomorrow. Not only these graduates, but graduating vocational students across the United States. Our skillsets are robust and well-rounded, and they are applicable to settings far beyond the classroom. The skills we’ve honed make each of us desirable to our current and future employers.”

“Remember the passions you have found, and strive to discover more in your futures. Each day work hard to bring the passions you hold in your heart into what you create, fix, or adapt with your hands as well as what you build and develop in the modern world. Class of 2017, stay passionate, keep learning, and remember your roots here at Blackstone Valley Tech because they will continue to help you grow and blossom into the hard working and achieving individuals you will all become.”

Max Mirageas, Class Valedictorian, Electronics & Engineering Technology, Mendon

“I feel that the students in this room all possess the capability to make their lives something special, as long as they are willing to put in the necessary work. With this mindset, our futures have the potential to be whatever great thing that we hope for them to be, and although it won’t be easy, the hardships will make the reward even better.”

“At Blackstone Valley Tech we have received a truly unique and diverse education, due to the unrivaled combination of strong academic and vocational programs. This preparation will allow us to take on whatever challenges come next in our lives with a different perspective than most high school students.”

Joseph Napolitano, Senior Class President, Electronics & Engineering Technology, Upton

“The Class of 2017 went from a group of individuals to a unified class with a distinct identity. From the medals won at SkillsUSA to the leadership exemplified in shops and clubs.  The Class of 2017 forged an identity as a class of leaders, scholars, and all around great people.”

“Four years ago all of us made the choice to accept the challenge of attending a technical high school and tonight we have bested that challenge and stand ready to go out into the world and change it for the better.”

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.