A graduating class of 172 seniors, 54 of them honor society members, received diplomas from Middletown High School last night at outdoor exercises on the school lawn. Medals and scholarships were awarded.
School Supt. Joseph H. Gaudet, who delivered the graduation address, recalled that many in the class had been together since they entered Grade 7 when the new high school was opened six years ago, and thus have closer ties than many senior classes.
Susan E. Roach, speaking as "the voice of the graduates," likened the child beginning his education to "marble in the quarry." She thanked parents faculty, administrators and the citizens of the town for bringing them thus far in the process of "polishing" the raw material. She called education a search for truth and awareness.
William H. Loughery, principal, presented the graduates for their diplomas, awarded by Francis F. Leonard, chairman of the school Committee. The school chorus sang. The Middletown school band played the overture, "Great Gat of Kiev" by Mussorgsky, after an organ prelude by Robin E. Worthley of the class of 1960. The band and organ joined for the processional march and the closing recessional.
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