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Joel Barlow High School's Class Of 2015 Celebrates At Graduation

Members of the Class of 2015 from Joel Barlow High School celebrate at their graduation ceremony Wednesday at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Photo Credit: John Haffey
Class President Jack Pantalena addresses graduates at Joel Barlow's graduation on Wednesday. Photo Credit: John Haffey
Members of the Class of 2015. Photo Credit: John Haffey
Proud friends and family are in attendance at the graduation ceremonies held at Western Connecticut State University. Photo Credit: John Haffey
Members of the Class of 2015. Photo Credit: John Haffey
The Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band provided music for the event. Photo Credit: John Haffey

EASTON and REDDING, Conn. -- Joel Barlow High School honored the Class of 2015 at the school's 55th annual commencement exercises Wednesday in a ceremony at Western Connecticut State University's O'Neill Center in Danbury.

"Bubkis!" Thomas McMorran, the head of school and assistant superintendent, exclaimed in his address to the graduates, responding to the claim that students today pale in comparison to those of their forefathers.

"The truth is, students at Joel Barlow have never demonstrated better skills, have never performed at a higher levels, and never have they graduated more prepared to be future leaders for America than they are today," he said.

"You have completed the prescribed course of study; welcome to your new role as adult citizens." McMorran said to the the Class of 2015.  Above all, he stressed the need to "be an educated citizen, as all good things flow from that."

Students Hunter Lightman, Grace Wheeler, Elizabeth Bobroske, and Jack Pantalena also delivered speeches to the class of more than 250 graduates from Easton and Redding.

In accordance with tradition, diplomas were presented to the graduates by the president and vice president of the Class of 2016, Daniel Dolan and Katherine Waugh.

Members of the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band and the Joel Barlow High School Orchestra provided music throughout the commencement exercises.

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