While graduation day is viewed as the moment teens pass into a new phase of their lives, the valedictorian of the Class of 2016 at St. Joseph High School acknowledged it as the end of a stage.
“Today isn’t the day where we instantly transform from children into adults,” Matthew J. Cenci said to his classmates on June 4. “Instead, that transition has come gradually over the last four years. I say gradually because there’s really no specific days that I can pick out where anything changed drastically. In fact, aside from a few events, most school days are pretty uneventful. But, to paraphrase, while it may seem like we do nothing each day, we are in fact doing something.”