West Caldwell graduates 216

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

West Caldwell High School celebrated its 37th graduation ceremony with 216 new alumni on Thursday night.

Principal Jeff Link said, “This is the day you’ve looked forward to since the first day of kindergarten in 2001. Graduation is not the end. It is a commencement. It is a beginning.”

Dressed in bright blue robes, the graduates were allowed to stand and cheer for their parents before the keynote speech. Students blew kisses, waved, bowed and grinned up at their family members in the stands. Some had tears in their eyes as the magnitude of the moment was realized. Family members were recognized again by being encouraged to stand when their graduate’s name was called.

Jessica Moffitt, class president, gave the keynote speech to her peers. She said words of encouragement and spoke about the future.

“Some of here today, including our parents, are wondering how our lives are going to turn out. It’s OK to wonder, but I also think it’s important to realize that our future is not just something that happens to us. It’s on us to create,” Moffitt said.

Moffitt said a prayer over her peers, asking God to bless them on the precipice of starting live as a high school graduate. She left the crowd with a quote from “Winnie the Pooh” by Colleen Wachob.

“’Promise me you’ll always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think,’” Moffitt said.