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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette

Congrats, graduates

St. Joseph Academy held its first commencement ceremony on June 10 at Kathedral. A packed crowd filled the former church. A special section on St. Joseph Academy’s graduation events can be found in the June 16, 2021 print edition. (THG/Betsey Karl. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

Each spring, the pride of the families of the students who are graduating from Hammonton High School, Hammonton Middle School and St. Joseph Academy—as well as our local preschools—can be seen at ceremonies held throughout the town.

These ceremonies hold deep meaning for the students and their families, because they mark the culmination of years of learning and experiences with longtime classmates and friends. These experiences occur in the classroom, but also on the fields and courts of athletics and at extracurricular activities.

So many memories have been made by these graduates, memories that will serve them well throughout their lives. No matter where they go, our graduates can reflect on their time in Hammonton with affection and warm feelings.

Graduations are moments for students, parents, siblings and other family members; they are also moments for teachers, coaches, advisors, administrators and board members. It is a time to honor the members of the latest graduating class, who walk in the caps and gowns in the footsteps of decades of graduates before them.

Hammonton is a town of traditions. Each year, our local schools celebrate their graduates in ceremonies that have been handed down from one generation of students to the next. The Gazette has the largest archive of high school yearbooks from both Hammonton High School and St. Joseph High School. When we look back at pictures of previous graduations, there are many similarities to the graduations of today. While locations of graduation ceremonies and hairstyles may change through the years, those caps and gowns and bright smiles following the ceremonies have stood the test of time.

Congratulations, graduates. You have earned your diplomas and are on your way to life’s next step. We wish you success, wisdom and happiness as you continue your journey through life. Always remember your time attending school in Hammonton. Whatever you do in life, the town will always be a part of you.


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