UPDATE: Graduation ceremonies have been rescheduled due to inclement weather and will take place at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at Briggs Stadium at Milford High School.

Milford's Class of 2014 passes on kindness and school spirit

UPDATE: Graduation ceremonies have been rescheduled due to inclement weather and will take place at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at Briggs Stadium at Milford High School.

Nearly 300 seniors from Milford High School will be embarking on their next chapter of their lives after receiving their diplomas on Thursday.

Milford High School Principal David Carter said the class is well-rounded, but it’s their attitudes that have set them apart.

“They like to laugh and live big,” he said. “I’ve seen them grasp several opportunities and take hold of them. I’ve also seen them adapt and overcome adversity, rise to the occasion and I’ve seen them portray school pride and take pride in being a part of Milford. This is a group of seniors that will do big things as long as they continue to always strive to do their best.”

Senior class president Amy Wilson said the end of a high school will come with bittersweet feelings. She also hopes the underclassmen carry on the school spirit after the seniors move on.

“It’s important that we remember where we came from and everybody has a strong tie with Milford,” she said.

The Class of 2014 is the first group of students to start out at Milford Central Academy before heading off to the high school building.

Wilson said the transition was like having two freshman years, but the closeness of her class helped the students mature and assimilate to the new building.

“It was new to us and new to the whole school,” she said. “But it’s gone so fast. I thought I’d never graduate and now it’s really weird to say I’m graduating [this] week. I know next year I’m really going to miss it.”

The Class of 2014 also instrumental in launching the Students for a Million Acts of Kindness (S.M.A.K.) campaign, which will be celebrated next week as the students hit their goal.

Carter said the students’ effort in launching the program speaks to the strength of the seniors.

“There was such diversity in that group, but they were all in it for kindness,” he said. “Athletes, high achievers, quiet students, loud students, there were so many that came together and were proud to promote a million acts of kindness. My hat is off to [Chelsea Fitzgerald] and all the students who did that. I’m thankful to be a principal and to have experienced such a project take place.”