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160 CELEBRATE THE PAST, LOOK TO THE FUTURE AS CLASS OF 2015 GRADUATES
160 CELEBRATE THE PAST, LOOK TO THE FUTURE AS CLASS OF 2015 GRADUATES
Posted on 06/09/2015
160 CELEBRATE THE PAST, LOOK TO THE FUTURE AS CLASS OF 2015 GRADUATESGrad2015Polito

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, left, who gave the commencement speech at a ceremony Saturday, June 6, at Nashoba Tech, receives from Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz a gift of a bell made by students in the Machine Tool Technology program. She said the bell will take up residence in her office at the Statehouse.

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Brianna White of Shirley, president of the Nashoba Tech Class of 2015, speaks to her classmates during the commencement ceremony Saturday, June 6.

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Jared Abreu of Ayer receives his diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes as Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, far left, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the guest commencement speaker, look on during a ceremony Saturday, June 6.

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Aixa Amparo of Chelmsford receives her diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes as Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, far left, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the guest commencement speaker, look on during a ceremony Saturday, June 6.

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Marc Clayton of Chelmsford receives his diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes as Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, far left, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the guest commencement speaker, look on during a ceremony Saturday, June 6.

WESTFORD — Graduates in the Nashoba Valley Technical High School Class of 2015 celebrated the school’s 45th year with a nod to the past and a look into the future.

        “This is just the beginning of all of the amazing futures we have set our sights upon,” Salutatorian Michaela Flanagan of Chelmsford told her 159 fellow graduates.

        “All of the moments that we have worked for, whether it be getting that acceptance letter or sending in that résumé, are just the first step to our futures. Our days at Nashoba Tech may have ended, but they should not be forgotten. We can use those experiences, confident that Nashoba Tech has given us the tools we need to succeed in the future,” added Flanagan, who graduated with a certificate in Dental Assisting and has been accepted into the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to study Dental Hygiene.

        Brianna White of Shirley, president of the class, also looked back while keeping one eye in the future.

        “Since the fall of 2011, we have become intelligent, we have become confident, independent and strong,” she told her classmates. “We have grown side by side over the past four years, but I have never felt as close to you all as I do right now.

        “Each and every one of you has made an impact on my life,” she added. “And in this moment right here, I know for a fact I would not have wanted to spend the past four years leading up to this special moment with any other class.”

        Valedictorian Jakob Vandal of Shirley told his classmates to “do what you love in life.”

        “Do not settle to just get by and live,” he added. “Do not let people make you think your ideas are stupid or lame. Instead, push limits, enjoy life, start something new — and don’t be afraid to fail.”

        Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the guest commencement speaker, also spoke of how the past gives way to the future. After thanking the graduates’ parents for helping to choose a technical education, she spoke of her great-grandfather, an Italian immigrant who started a business making concrete blocks and built it into a successful construction company that still exists today.

        She urged the graduates to build their own futures now that they have the foundation.

        “If you know your future and have already mapped it out, good for you,” she said. “But if you don’t know exactly what path to take, that’s OK, too. This is the very beginning of a wonderful journey ahead for each one of you.

        “On that journey,” Polito added, “if someone says, ‘You shouldn’t do that,’ but you know it’s the right thing, ignore the doubters.”

        Superintendent Dt. Judith L. Klimkiewicz took a moment to reflect on Nashoba Tech’s first 45 years, but she noted that while it’s important to remember and learn from the past, it’s more important to prepare for what’s to come.

        “The essence of what technical education is requires it to always look ahead,” she said.

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