Montclair High School graduation 2021: ‘Pride, love and admiration’ – Montclair Local

Graduates cross the bridge after the ceremony at the Montclair High School 2021 commencement June 24, 2021 (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)


Herbert Coleman stood with other Montclair High School students lined up on Midland Avenue, their last day as seniors at a school many of them hadn’t attended in person since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. 

He wasn’t feeling any strong emotions yet, he said. But he knew that would change.

Coleman knew, he said, once his commencement ceremony came to a close, “it would hit me that I completed four years of high school, and it’s going to feel great.”

Coleman, who is moving to North Carolina after graduation, was one of more than 500 MHS seniors set to get their diplomas on Thursday, June 24, at the school’s 154th commencement. He was there for the first of three ceremonies in the MHS amphitheater, split up to accommodate the size of the class and students’ families. 

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Niamh Cahill felt eager to finally graduate, describing the past year — in which the graduating class was on an all-remote schedule until some seniors returned for a hybrid in-person schedule just a few weeks ago — as difficult.

“Last year we couldn’t see our friends for months,” Cahill said.