Old Colony bids farewell to ‘special class’

Jun 3, 2022

ROCHESTER — Superintendent Aaron Polansky was so excited about graduation that he broke into song.

In a similar style, if not voice, to Michael Buble, he altered the lyrics to “Feeling Good’’ to reflect the emotions of the milestone, which was celebrated Friday June 3 at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Oliveira Field.

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for you, and we’re feeling good,’’ he crooned to both cheers and laughter from the audience.

The mood was light throughout the ceremony as the graduates soaked in the sun and congratulations from school officials.

“May Old Colony always feel like home, and may your four years set the foundation for lifelong friendships,’’ Polansky told the graduates. “You are an incredible class. Good luck and God speed.’’

Principal J. Michael Parker underscored the importance of staying light-hearted. “Always remember to laugh, smile and have fun,’’ he said. “It’s contagious.’’

He also noted with pride that 100 percent of the senior class graduated. 

He reminisced about experiences that forged a bond among the class members. “We danced together at pep rallies, we cried together at funerals, we cheered at sporting events,’’ whatever the outcome, he said. “This is a special class to me. You’ll always be part of the Old Colony family.’’

Class valedictorian Antonio J. Aguiar, who is heading to WPI to study computer engineering, reminded his classmates that education never ends.  

“You can always learn something from someone,’’ he said. He praised his classmates for their varied skills, developed and strengthened through the school’s curriculum.

As diplomas were handed out, students cheered each other on as the seniors transitioned to graduates.

One student opened her diploma and shyly but proudly showed it to a friend in another row.

“I graduated,’’ she mouthed, her smile bright with pride.