Charter school grads cheer, head off to college
Graduates from the Community Charter School of Cambridge had even more reason to celebrate at their Thursday ceremony: It’s the third consecutive year every graduate has gained college admission.
Members of the Class of 2011 are headed to Bay State College, Bucknell, College of the Holy Cross, Dartmouth College, Dean College, Fairfield University, Fisher College, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Regis College, Rhode Island College, St John’s University, University of Massachusetts and the Wentworth Institute of Technology, officials said.
More than 300 people ushered into at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Walker Memorial Hall for the school’s ceremony, at which valedictorian Farhan Altaf, of Cambridge, quoted John Lennon in urging students to aspire to be “happy” when they grow up.
“Happiness is often cited as the key to life,” said Farhan, who is headed to Bucknell University on a full four-year scholarship. “At this moment, everyone on this stage is happy to be graduating. I ask you to remember this feeling of great satisfaction … Try to maintain this emotion, this sense of accomplishment, throughout your life.”
Joseph V. Roller II, president and CEO of Cambridge Trust Co., was keynote speaker. Paula Evans, head of school, and Denise Jillson, president of the Harvard Square Business Association and chairwoman of the school’s board of the trustees, also spoke.
For information about the school, visit ccscambridge.org or call (617) 354-0047.