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Stamford High School Celebrates 150th Graduation With Class Of 2015

Some of Stamford High's 450 graduates parade across the field at Boyle Stadium on Thursday for the commencement exercises. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Stamford High graduates show off decorated mortarboards for graduation -- and say goodbye to high school. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
The graduates hit the field at Boyle Stadium under cloudy skies. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
"Brown" walks with his fellow graduates at Stamford High. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Class of 2015 from Stamford High School. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
The faculty of Stamford High School. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Even young ones enjoy graduation at Stamford High School. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Chris O’Neill, a 2000 Stamford High School graduate who is now a cast member with “Book of Mormon” on Broadway, got a starring role at his alma mater's 150th graduation ceremony on Thursday evening amid the 450 soon-to-be graduates in a near-capacity Boyle Stadium.

O’Neill’s light-hearted commencement address moved between poking fun at himself and offering the graduates advice.

“A lousy student who barely passed high school is proof that anything is possible," he said. "Be present. Take chances. Understand that anything is possible. Never quit. Never settle.”

Winding down, he told the graduates' parents to stand and asked for applause. He closed by posing for a “classic selfie,” squeezing everything out of a visual that only an actor could pull off, and walked off to a big round of applause.

The co-presidents of the class preceded O’Neill. The first, Zoe Usowski, told her classmates “Use your words, use your ideas, make a difference, change the world.”

The second, Geoffrey Cahr said “The Class of 2015 truly deserves a round of applause for all we’ve accomplished,” and closed with a quote from Abe Lincoln: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

The visual highlight of the evening was the sea of decorated mortarboards — perhaps a quarter of the graduates created their own designs. Some were simple, such as “BROWN” in block letters, others displayed college names or logos, still others were highly decorated, including one with the classic Porky Pig drawing along with his final line “That’s All Folks.”

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