MANCHESTER — The Class of 2014 is a fabric made up of many kinds of students, all on a journey to do their best and succeed in whatever life brings them.
That, according to school officials, is why this year’s graduating class represented hard work, respect, community pride and spirit.
Londonderry High School celebrated its 35th annual commencement Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Graduates marched in as music director Andy Soucy led his band in “Pomp and Circumstance.” An a cappella version of the national anthem was then offered by the vocal quartet of Caley Blatchford, Erin Conti, Stephanie Conti and Rachel Hansen.
Londonderry High School principal Jason Parent greeted the 389 graduating seniors and began his speech saying this class excelled for many reasons.
Parent used the Robert Fulghum book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” to make his point about why he thinks this group was something special.
This class was the original class when Moose Hill kindergarten opened in town and the first to receive high school diplomas. Seniors walked to the nearby kindergarten during their final week of school to enjoy milk and cookies with their former teachers.
Parent said that made him extra proud of this class.
“Share everything,” Parent told graduates, using Fulghum’s words from the book. “You shared with the rest of the student body what it means to be a true Lancer.”
Lancer success throughout the past year was great, Parent said.
He emphasized sports team success, journalism awards for the school newspaper, special programs within the school like Big Buddies, and success on the stage with the LHS production of “Grease.”
He credited the music program and honored the Lancer band for performing in two St. Patrick’s Day parades in 2014, both earning the band top honors.