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Toll Gate Class of 2019 Caps Commencement

{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski]] In front, Logan Heberg and Morgan Henderson' Center, Kara Hulstein and Calia Howard wait inside CCRI's main building on the ramp to walk in to graduation in the field house.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski]] In front, Logan Heberg and Morgan Henderson' Center, Kara Hulstein and Calia Howard wait inside CCRI's main building on the ramp to walk in to graduation in the field house.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski]] In front, Logan Heberg and Morgan Henderson’ Center, Kara Hulstein and Calia Howard wait inside CCRI’s main building on the ramp to walk in to graduation in the field house.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toni Anderson, secretary at Toll Gate High, high-fives Class of 2019 graduates as they march into the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toni Anderson, secretary at Toll Gate High, high-fives Class of 2019 graduates as they march into the CCRI field house for graduation.

WARWICK, RI  — The 229 graduates of Toll Gate High’s Class of 2019 celebrated challenges overcome and absent friends Thursday night at Community College of Rhode Island’s field house, with smiles, high-fives and the enthusiastic support of friends and family.

“Over the past four years, we have made countless memories,” said Salutatorian Rebecca Carcieri, in the classroom or staying out late Friday nights with friends. “We have all gotten looks from teachers when we have shown up late to school with ice coffees in our hands,” and she said, enjoyed concerts, proms and sports together. Cacieri noted that the class has also contended with their own mortality following the death of Toll Gate High Principal Steven Chrabaszcz in 2016, their sophomore year, “And then, the heart-wrenching and shockinig death of our dear friend and classmate, Gianna Cirella. The death of Gianna has left a space in our hearts and our graduating class. I know that Gianna is with us all the time.”

“Now, we must delve into our truest passions, because it brings us joy,” Carcieri said, ending her speech with a quote from Ella Woods, “It is with courage, compassion and conviction and a strong sense of self that we take our next step into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct. You must always have faith in people, and most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself. Congratulations, Class of 2019, we did it.”

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{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Brianna Jankowski and Madison Jackson on their way to graduation at CCRI June 6, 2019.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Brianna Jankowski and Madison Jackson on their way to graduation at CCRI June 6, 2019.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Brianna Jankowski and Madison Jackson show off their cap decorations on their way to graduation at CCRI June 6, 2019.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Brianna Jankowski and Madison Jackson show off their cap decorations on their way to graduation at CCRI June 6, 2019.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate High's Class of 2019 graduates march toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate High’s Class of 2019 graduates march toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate High's Class of 2019 graduates march toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate High’s Class of 2019 graduates march toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Michael Bastien, Jordan Beaumier, and Jazmine Barratt march toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Michael Bastien, Jordan Beaumier, and Jazmine Barratt march toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Aiden Meserve heads toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Aiden Meserve heads toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Savannah Cozza pauses for a smile as she heads toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Savannah Cozza pauses for a smile as she heads toward the CCRI field house for graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The family of Matthew Murray head into CCRI to watch him graduate. From left, Murray's aunt and uncle, Eric and Terry, along with his grandmother, Pyllis Scheibenphlug.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The family of Matthew Murray head into CCRI to watch him graduate. From left, Murray’s aunt and uncle, Eric and Terry, along with his grandmother, Pyllis Scheibenphlug.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Jean and John Toomey head into CCRI to watch Charles Adams graduate June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Jean and John Toomey head into CCRI to watch Charles Adams graduate June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Hannah Tillotson waits outside CCRI with her mom just before graduation.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Diana Mitchell waits outside CCRI with her mom just before graduation.
Anisah Syria Abdul-Rashid pauses outside CCRI with her mom, Amiwa, before graduation June 6.
Anisah Syria Abdul-Rashid pauses outside CCRI with her mom, Amiwa, before graduation June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Front to back, Kyle Wright-Perry, Brittany Wysong, David Yabut, Rebecca Yaseen, and Jaquelin and Jennifer Zuniga wait during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Front to back, Kyle Wright-Perry, Brittany Wysong, David Yabut, Rebecca Yaseen, and Jaquelin and Jennifer Zuniga wait during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
 {CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Front to back, Kyle Wright-Perry, Brittany Wysong, David Yabut, Rebecca Yaseen, and Jaquelin and Jennifer Zuniga wait during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Front to back, David Yabut, Rebecca Yaseen, and Jaquelin and Jennifer Zuniga wait during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
 {CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Graduates listen to a few speeches as they wait during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Graduates listen to a few speeches as they wait during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
 {CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate Class of 2019 Salutatorian Rebecca Carciieri addresses her classmates during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate Class of 2019 Salutatorian Rebecca Carciieri addresses her classmates during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
 {CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate Class of 2019 Valedictorian Alexander Gavitt addresses his classmates during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate Class of 2019 Valedictorian Alexander Gavitt addresses his classmates during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
 {CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate Class of 2019 during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.
{CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Toll Gate Class of 2019 during graduation at the CCRI field house June 6.