A huge crowd of family and friends brought horns, whistles, hoots and big voices to Bow High School Saturday morning to celebrate the graduates of the Class of 2014.
The excited audience made plenty of noise for each of the seniors as they walked across the stage to accept their diplomas.
“It’s a great class with a lot of personality,” said Christopher Gaudreau, a Bow High math teacher and coach who was this year’s commencement speaker. “They knew how to have a good time, and how to get things done.”
Gaudreau told the graduates about a sign above his college advisor’s door that he walked by hundreds of times, always ignoring the message. But shortly before he graduated, he finally read it, and the words clicked.
“It said, ’Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it,’” Gaurdreau told the graduates.
Although the words are from Buddha, on Saturday they belonged to Bow as the Class of 2014 ended its high school career and started the next stage.
As school administrators and members of the Bow School Board finished handing out diplomas, Principal John House-Meyers told graduates it was time to move their tassels from the right to the left side of their caps.
The Class of 2014 was ready to do that — and more. From under their seats came a collection of beach balls and other inflatable toys that they tossed through small showers of streamers and confetti.
As they left the gym and gathered in the school lobby and outside of the building, graduates shared hugs, laughs and a few tears.
“We are definitely going to miss them,” said Gaurdreau. “They are a great group.”