photos by Cheryl Clough Milford Central School Class of 2013 valedictorian Elijah Coley wipes away a tear as he pauses during his speech on Friday night. Coley will attend RPI in the fall.

On Friday, 36 Milford Central School students graduated, and every student who spoke said it was more like a family than a class.

“To the families sitting in the audience, thank you for raising these wonderful people,” said Robert Gregory, who gave the senior address. “Thank you for raising me with all of your children.”

Many of the graduates have been in school together for 13 years.

“I can’t believe this is the climax of 13 years at Milford Central School for us,” said salutatorian Spencer O’Bryan. “I still remember the first day of kindergarten.”

“Those 36 kids are who I have grown up with,” he added.

O’Bryan said he appreciated the idea that the students had to be active in every group. 

“If you had a pulse, you were expected to sign up for many activities,” he said.

“Here at Milford Central School education is a group process,” he continued.

Valedictorian Elijah Coley also called his classmates his family.

“I’ll remember laughing the tears of joy and the love I received from my brothers and sisters who sit behind me,” he said.

“I hope to find a group of people who will love me like Milford did for the last 13 years,” he continued. “I know it might not be possible.”

The graduation was on the school’s softball field in great weather.

“It seems like it is only every couple of years that we are able to have (graduation) out here,” MCS Superintendent Peter Livshin said.

Several of the speakers said that they expected their classmates to have great success in life.

“People on this stage made an effort to give themselves a head start,” Coley said.

Added Gregory: “These students have the potential to turn themselves into something great. I want to see where these students go.”

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