There was a celebratory mood at Matthiessen Park Saturday evening as 169 Irvington High School seniors graduated alongside the Hudson River.
Family and friends gathered for the ceremony, taking pictures with their graduates while the sun shone down upon the proceedings. A few small children played on the park equipment while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
The graduates processional down the center aisle was marked with a row of familiar faces and a line of cameras, as everyone tried to capture the moment for posterity. The graduates themselves had eager faces and smiles as they made their way down to the front. Two excited graduates high-fived each other as they approached the bleachers where they would sit during the ceremony.
Irvington High School Principal Scott W. Mosenthal welcomed the crowd. This was his 13th high school graduation as principal, and he told the audience he was extremely proud to introduce the graduating class to them.
Mosenthal first met the class at their middle school graduation. Four years later, hes totally impressed of how theyve availed themselves in the school and in the community.
I am proud to report that their accomplishments academically, artistically, athletically and service-wise are first-rate, he said. They have set a positive tone for every student and staff member on our campus, and theyve established a standard of excellence that future classes will do well to emulate. The class we celebrate tonight is indeed a special one.
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