The Class of 2018 will take their final steps as students of Hillsborough High School next week when they accept their diplomas at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton during this year’s graduation ceremony.
On Tuesday, June 19, at 3 p.m., hundreds of students sporting caps and gowns will be joined by their friends and family as they take the next major step in their lives. During the ceremony, the 2018 valedictorian Iris Liu, salutatorian Ashley Yang and Class President Courtney Neilsen will deliver addresses.
Hillsborough High School Principal Karen Bingert said she looked forward to this year’s graduation, calling this year’s graduating class a promising group of students that have “very bright futures ahead of them.”
“This class in particular consists of incredible young adults with class spirit, social consciousness, clear goals for their educations and careers, and the work ethic that will see them through the challenges they will face next in life,” she said. “I know that they will represent Hillsborough High School exceptionally well wherever their new journey will take them.”
According to state regulations, students looking to graduate from high school must have completed 120 credits, including four years of English literacy courses and three years of math courses, among others.
“We look forward to visits and updates about the wonderful things that happen next for our graduates,” Bingert said. “We are proud of them and wish them success and happiness.”
According to The Voice, a student-run newspaper at the high school, members of this year’s graduating class will attend a wide range of four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. Those institutions include: University of Alabama, Arizona State University, University of California, Quinnipiac University, University of Delaware, Florida State University, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George Washington University.
A large number of students will also attend in-state institutions, with many planning to attend The College of New Jersey, Rowan University and Seton Hall University. The largest contingent of graduating seniors, however, will be heading to Rutgers University.
Though the vast majority of graduating students will continue their education in the United States, a small number will attend college abroad in places like Italy, the Philippines and Canada.
Other students chose a different path in life following their years in public school, opting to either join the work force or taking a year off before making a decision.
Dr. Jorden Schiff, superintendent of schools at the Hillsborough Township Public School District, said he was excited to help shepherd the Class of 2018 off into their next endeavors.