Milford High School graduates 210 seniors at commencement ceremony

Donning gowns and caps, the latter adorned with thoughts, messages and mantras, the 2019 graduating class of 210 from Milford High School celebrated its commencement on Saturday morning.

Principal Dr. Bradford Craven, a student favorite at the high school, offered his remarks on the occasion of his retirement to the graduating class.

“This is not one of the easiest days of my career,” he said. ‘For many of us, this is an event that marks an end. And despite the fact that by nature, it does mark a beginning and is celebratory, milestones can have a bittersweet quality. For sure though, this is the most grateful day of my career.”

Senior class president Margaret Sawyer presented her officer’s address, saying in part, “We all started in the same place but have ended in so many different spots. Some of us are going off to college or trade school, some are joining the military, some of us have already found jobs and others are taking gap years. Everyone here has put in the hard work to make it to this day.”

Fellow graduate Kayla Sickler offered her honor’s address.

Telegraph photo by George Pelletier Senior Class president Margaret Sawyer addresses fellow graduates and those attending Milford’s Commencement on Saturday.

“When I sat down to write this speech, I couldn’t help to ask myself, ‘Where has all the time gone?'” she said. “We just finished four whole years of our lives and it seems like only yesterday we were freshmen who sought validation like it was a life line.”

In parting, it was Craven, who proffered, “No day is or was ever the same here. Can you imagine interactions with a thousand interesting people every day, all called together to experience what is at its very core, one of the great remaining human-centric cultural experiences? Real, live, in-person education. School.”