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ConGRADulations, Staples Class of 2018!

Staples High School sent 460 new graduates into the world today.

The 131st commencement went off flawlessly. The fieldhouse was packed (but not sweltering). The brief speeches were insightful and on target (and the sound system worked well). The graduates were happy and well-behaved (as were the parents, grandparents and siblings).

Congratulations, Class of 2018! Enjoy your day. Westport is proud of you.

Just remember: In a couple of months, you’ll be freshmen all over again.

Five of the 460 soon-to-be graduates are at the front of the line, before marching in to the fieldhouse….

… while most of the rest of the class gathered outside.


Empty diploma cases, ready to be picked up. Graduates get their actual diplomas after the ceremony.

Sarah Stanton waits for the processional to begin.

This sign hung from the rafters, for all the graduates to see.

From left: faculty marshal Nick Mariconda, superintendent of schools Colleen Palmer and Staples principal James D’Amico. The marshal is the faculty member with the longest continuous service at the school.

A small portion of Staples High School’s Class of 2018.

Luke Rosenberg (right) directs the Orphenians in the national anthem. They also sang “The Road Home.”

Class speaker Josiah Tarrant talked about his swim team’s great victory over Greenwich, his discovery of culinary class, and many other joys of life at Staples. The mace (left) is carried by the faculty marshal, and remains at the podium during the ceremony.

The money shot: awarding diplomas.

Cheering on a favorite grad.

Many graduates decorate their caps. This one took plenty of work.

A classic post-graduation family pose.

No, they’re not wondering where the next party is. They’re trying to find their parents.

Cigars for the guys …

… and the girl.

After the ceremony, there were celebrations all around town. At A Better Chance of Westport’s Glendarcy House, Jarod Ferguson (bottom) posed proudly with current and alumni scholars.

Hats off to Staples High School’s Class of 2018! (All photos/Dan Woog)

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