In the open air and surrounded by saltwater, graduates listened to inspiring speakers talk about their accomplishments and futures before tossing their caps high and marking the end of their time in high school.
The ceremony began at 10 a.m. when the students walked to their seats to the traditional tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Principal Nicole Nosek was the first speaker, commending the graduates on their accomplishments — from a football visit to the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium, to the theatre department making it to the regional competition for the first time in Hull High history, to trips to Belize and Costa Rica.
“Despite our struggles and the barriers that we have faced over the past three years, we have risen to the top time and time again in all areas,” she said.
This class has had a high school experience like no other, with only their freshman year being completely “normal.” However, they got to partake in many senior traditions, from prom to a senior prank – all unmasked and COVID-free.
Nosek explained that “this year, I’m feeling rather emotional and sentimental, as not only are you leaving to move on, but I am as well.” Nosek capped off her last graduation speech as principal of Hull High School with a quote from the TV show “This is Us” – “If something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening.”
Class of 2022 President Grace Grosso, who will be attending D’Youville College, encouraged her classmates in her remarks to, with the freedom that comes with life after high school, “be whoever you wanna be and do whatever you wanna do.”
“Never forget you will always have Hull to come back to, and never forget to try new things on your new journey,” she said. “Once a Pirate, always a Pirate.”
Valedictorian Parry Harper, who will be attending Northeastern University, delivered an inspiring speech that was well-met with laughter from the crowd. Harper asked his classmates how to define success.
“Each and every one of you has some skill, some talent, that would put you on this stage if it were the measure of success,” he said. “Whatever change you want to see in the world – go create it. Define what success means to you, based on your own aspirations and abilities. Use your skills and your talents to strive toward that goal, toward your own success, and toward a better future.”
Salutatorian Troy Healey, who will be attending Boston College, reminded the crowd that “it’s important that we make decisions that not only benefit ourselves, but also the people and community around us.” Recognizing that this will not be easy, he noted that “the most impactful experiences are often the most difficult.”
The class of 2022 chose their freshman English teacher, Mr. Marshall, to be their guest speaker. Now an assistant principal in Maine, Marshall told his former students that “you are the generation that has the opportunity to create lasting change.” His advice to them? To find a purpose by which they can live.
“Now that you’re graduating, you now have to take part in the shared responsibility of making this world a little bit better than it was before,” he said. “Lead your life with purpose, and you have your part, because we could certainly use your help.”
Congratulations to the Class of 2022.