Joyful chants, a few students dancing across the stage and a goodbye to retiring Principal Christopher Saheed highlighted the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School commencement ceremony Thursday night.
More than 360 seniors graduated from the school in front of a crowd of family and friends that filled the high school’s field house.
Senior Class President Katherine McDonough thanked her fellow students for making her senior year the “time of her life” and told them not to forget where they came from.
“Never forget Cambridge and the person that it has made you,” said McDonough. “Rather than tell people that you are just from Boston, tell them you are from Cambridge.”
Along with the joyful chants of the student body, and celebratory dances some seniors made across the stage to get their diplomas from Cambridge Mayor David Maher, the school also said goodbye to Saheed, who is retiring after 35 years in the Cambridge school district.
Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Young praised Saheed for his brilliant and compassionate leadership during his tenure in the schools.
“Chris sets an example for us all,” Young said.
Saheed told students that he hopes they will remember the ups and learn from the downs that they experienced during their high school careers.
“For me, personally, you will hold a special place in my heart,” he told the seniors. “I’m graduating with you.”
McDonough said she and her fellow students evolved and grew with each other and individually, and they will have that no matter where there lives take them in the years ahead.
“We may be miles away, but we will always share the fact that we are the CRLS Class of 2011,” McDonough said.
Students of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Class of 2011 toss their caps at their commencement Thursday. Photo by Brock Parker