Northville celebrates 142 graduates of the Class of 2022
NORTHVILLE — On Friday evening, Northville Central School District’s 127th Annual Groundbreaking Ceremony took place in its traditional setting on the school’s front lawn and entrance. Families, friends and community members came out in the hundreds to celebrate the 142 senior graduates.
The strong sense of belonging and community of the Village of Northville was a common thread throughout the ceremony.
“Looking at the crowd in front of us,” valedictorian Hailee Riggi said, “I see people who were born and raised and never left and those who left to pursue their dreams and eventually came back. because their love for this city and this community was so great.”
Riggi went on to say that the school is the “heart of the community,” and said that is what makes the village so unique.
“Some of us will expand our horizons and travel far, others may never leave,” said salutatorian Caleb Clapper. “No matter where we are, we can always call Northville our home.”
Class of 2022 member Jay Williams read a poem she wrote to her classmates and community. She began with: “On the shores of the lake, nestled in the mountains, lies a city where the beauty of the fountains of youth.”
“The place we all grew up in and the place we call home, our special little town, no matter how far we go,” she continued.
The event’s guest speaker, chosen by the class, was Northville High School Principal Samuel Ratti, who extolled the graduates’ academic and athletic achievements, their perseverance through COVID, their community service and their loyalty to their families and to each other.
“As you feel tense, take a step back, remember this moment as you fill your hearts and souls with the fresh mountain and lake air,” Ratti said. “Take a deep breath, embrace the moment, internalize it because there will come a day when you need that clarity of mind.”
The commencement ended and the senior class was then escorted in their decorated vehicles by the Northville Village Fire Trucks for a parade through the streets of the village among streets lined with cheering residents and visitors.