DANVERS — Fitting for a class that has overcome so much, the rain stopped and the clouds parted Saturday morning, allowing the Danvers High Class of 2013 to have its commencement exercises yesterday afternoon outside on a warm, partly sunny day.
By 2 p.m., the overnight torrential rain of the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea was a distant memory, and thousands of family and friends packed into Dr. Charles F. Deering Stadium.
Well-wishers applauded the appearance of the faculty and then the 242 graduates as they marched around the track. They were led by junior class marshals under two Mylar balloon arches at the far side of the field, then took their seats, with the processional played by the Danvers High Falcon Band.
“Congratulations, Class of 2013,” said Assistant Superintendent/High School Principal Sue Ambrozavitch after the graduates were seated. “You finally have a beautiful day.”
“This class is anything but ordinary,” Ambrozavitch said later in the graduation, “going with the flow as change after change has taken place,”
She urged the class, coming from a typical New England town, to revel in ordinary moments that make up life.
Speakers time and again talked about how they went to high school during the massive construction project to create the new Danvers High, while also witnessing changes to administration and staff. The last class to attend the 1960s Danvers High, it then spent two years crammed into the former Dunn Wing, which has since been demolished. The class then spent its senior year in an unfinished building.
Superintendent Lisa Dana called the class “outstanding” for having gone to school during the renovation and to be “the first class to graduate from the new Danvers High,” noting that Ambrozavitch likes to say, “80 percent (complete), it is still a construction site.”
As is custom, class President Megan Sutherland, Vice President Ashley DiSciullo, Secretary Katherine Lantych and Treasurer Laila Najia all gave addresses that traced their four years, outlining the challenges they faced in school. Student athletes had use of a field house, then it was off limits as it was reconstructed. Students had to stage plays at St. John’s Prep when the auditorium was being renovated. They had to get used to new coaches and staff.