In reflections both sweeping and intimate, the Mount Greylock Regional School's 2021 class speakers Saturday talked about the often frightening ways the world has changed them and how the school prepared them to change the world.
A majority of the student speakers acknowledged post-high school paths that don't involve going to college. They emphasized that those who choose to pursue a trade, enroll in the military, or even take a year off should be celebrated equally.
The 195 Taconic High School seniors graduated from the school's football field on Sunday surrounded by a large crowd of friends and family.
The audience — who filled up the field with lawn chairs from home — was not shy when it came to cheering for their loved ones' achievements.
For the first time since 1987, the ceremony will be held at Pittsfield High School's 300 East St. campus. These three students represent the voice of this year's senior class who have worked diligently through a challenging school year.
Members of the class of 2021 cannot be blamed for lamenting the athletic competitions, productions, parties and — yes — classes that they missed over the last 15 months.
But Wahconah Class President and salutatorian Shaun Thornton had a different message for his fellow graduates on Saturday afternoon.
Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 5, at 1 p.m. on the school athletic fields. The valedictory speech is titled "Back to the Future" and the salutatory address is titled "Timekeeper."
Berkshire Community College held its 61st commencement ceremony virtually on Friday, presenting 180 associate degrees and 91 certificates to 238 students.
Speakers recognized the community that BCC provides and the importance of support from friends, family, and the college itself.