"Belief in one's self is more beneficial than all of the belief you could possibly receive from others," said Lord. "Realize what you are capable of and then remember that your true capability is a path you just came up with."
Though the Class of 2010 was proud of their accomplishments, there was still something - or specifically someone - missing, said class president Benjamin LaValley.
"There is one person we all wish could be here tonight, Christian Michael Garceau," said LaValley.
Garceau lost his life as the result of a motor vehicle accident during the first week of school in September, but was not forgotten during the ceremony. A single chair was reserved for him at the end of the front row, with a green cap and gown placed over it and Garceau's picture sitting atop it.
"Christian made an impact on all of our lives in one way or another. I think we'll always remember his smile; he always knew how to light up a room," said LaValley. "His passing made all of us realize that we should keep people we love close and never hold anything back because life could end in an instant."