BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Over 300 Hilltoppers — with the guys in black and the girls in red — marched into the Webster Bank Arena on Tuesday evening as Bridgeport Central High celebrated its graduation.
Central was the last but not least as four high schools from Bridgeport held graduations in the arena in a single day.
Shaun Mitchell was the master of the ceremony, while the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Senior Class President Patrick Setiadi. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was performed by Shaqueen Bromley.
Central High Principal Eric Graf welcomed the graduates and their guests. He praised the graduates for all their hard work over the last four years and explained that this was just his second graduation at the school.
“I’d like to give an applause to our Central Pride. My staff has been an excellent support and we’re looking forward to the future,” said Graf.
He also told the students to always be themselves. “You have what it takes and you will always represent Central High School. You are capable of achieving what you put your mind to,” Graf added.
Also, Mayor Joseph Ganim greeted the Class of 2016 and congratulated the members on their special day.
A special musical selection, Excerpts from Canon in D by Pachelbel, was performed by Elvin Agosto, Sabrina Bazil, Danielle Daniels, Aaliyah Nguynen, and Crystal Vu.
Alexis Greene gave the salutatory address, and Zaid Bung gave the valedictory address.
Kate Preston and Leanne Ready, senior class advisers, presented of the Class of 2016 to Interim Superintendent Frances M. Rabinowitz.
The commencement ended with the turning of the tassels after each student had received a diploma.
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