FRAMINGHAM – Seventy percent of Keefe Technical High School graduates from the Class of 2017 will head to college, said Superintendent Jonathan Evans.
The Framingham-based high school awarded diplomas to 127 students during its 44th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 3.
As we celebrate your plans for the future, we see that you clearly demonstrated, that when you came to Keef Tech no doors were closed on your future,” said Evans. “Through your career and technical program, the reason you chose our school, you leave us with a competitive advantage for the future, with certifications, licenses, college credits, and hundreds of apprenticeship hours in your chosen field f study. Many of you have already begun your professional careers with full-time positions.”
Evans said four members of the Class of 2017 will “protect the freedom we all enjoy by enlisting in the United States Armed Forces.”
Members of the Class of 2017 have won medals at state competitions and served “our communities, through food and clothing drives, cared for the elderly, participated in a Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, serving meals to those in need, and building affordable homes that will change the world for the families that will be buying them,” said Evans. “In all of these ways, you have already made the world a better place.”
“The story of Keefe Tech is the story that is written by literally the thousands of students and staff who chose to spend and important segment of their lives here,” said Evans. “When you leave us today, please not that you have written an important chapter in the story of Keefe Tech. You have also entered into a community of people, who like you, who made a brave decision to do something different.”
“Life is a story,” said Keefe Technical National Honor Society President Brian Thomas Burns. “What I see before me right now is a collection of great novels yet to be written, ready for us to take hold of the pen, and begin our story.”
Burns said everyone begins, just like the Class of 2017, as a blank book, including the world’s greatest scientist, athletes, etc.
“What I want to be able to do is turn on the TV 10 years from now and see you in all your glory,” Burns said. “And I promise you I will be proud.”
Also speaking Saturday was Class President Katelin Copithorne, Valedictorian Simone McHugh, and Salutatorian Makayla Hicks.
Hicks said there was a “great deal of uncertainty” when “all of us” chose Keefe.
“We knew we wanted something more than what our high schools could offer us, but coming here meant leaving everything, every one we had every known behind,” she said. “We were stepping into the unknown. No one holding our hands. No one to guide us. And that is the beauty of Keefe Tech- the independence it takes to come here. Despite the uncertainty, we made a choice. And a life-changing one at that. The need for change brought us down a foggy path, with no map and no compass to guide us. But with uncertainty tucked into our pockets, we marched forward.”
She said her first few months at Keefe Tech were terrifying. She said she only had two friends, and one of them was her sister.
Hicks said some of the Class of 2017 knew what they wanted for their technical and career programs when they came here, with out a second thought. She said that was not here.
“It’s magical, that feeling of making your own choices,” she said. “The one you see best for yourself.”
She said enow as graduates, we start the cycle all over again, as we forge our lives into the unknown again.
“We all share a common bond,” said McHughs. “We all came here to Keefe Technical …because we wanted to test the waters to find out what interests us and what we are good at. We knew that a regular public high school may not supply us with as much potential for our life.”
“We have no idea what’s to come, but we will persevere. We have to embrace the uncertainty — embrace the fear of what is to come, just as we did when we entered Keefe Tech,” said Hicks.
School Committee Chair Michael Rossi gave the commencement address yesterday, before diplomas were awarded.
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