NORTHVILLE — Friday evening, the the Northville Central School District’s 127th annual commencement ceremony took place on its traditional setting on front lawn and stepped entrance to the school. Families, friends and community members came by the hundreds to celebrate the 42 graduating seniors.
The village of Northville’s strong sense of home and community was a thread intertwined throughout the ceremony.
“Looking out at the crowd before us,” valedictorian Hailee Riggi said, “I see people who were born and raised her and never left and those who left to chase their dreams and ultimately returned because their love for this town and community was so great.”
Riggi went on to say that the school is the “heart of the community,” and said this is what makes the village so unique.
“Some of us will extend our horizons and travel far, others may never leave,” salutatorian Caleb Clapper said. “No matter where we find ourselves, we will always be able to call Northville our home.”
Class of 2022 member Jay Williams read a poem she wrote to her classmates and community. She began with, “On the shores of the lake, nestled in the mountains, there lies a town where the beauty of youth fountains.”
“The place we all grew up and the place we call home, our special small town no matter how far we roam,” she continued.
The event’s guest speaker, chosen by the class was Northville High School principal Samuel Ratti, who touted the graduates’ accomplishments academically and athletically, their perseverance through COVID, their community outreach and loyalty to their families and each other.
“As you feel yourself tense up, take a step backhand remember this moment as you fill your hearts and souls with the fresh mountain and lake air,” said Ratti. “Take a deep breath, embrace the moment, internalize it because there will come a day when you will need that clarity of mind.”
The commencement concluded and the seniors class was then escorted in their decorated vehicles by Village of Northville fire trucks to a parade throughout the village streets amongst streets lined with cheering residents and visitors.