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2019 Commencement Ceremony


Graduating seniors of J. Christian Bollwage Finance Academy, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy, Elizabeth High School - Frank J. Cicarell Academy, Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health and Public Safety Academy, Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy participated in commencement exercises on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Williams Field in Elizabeth.

1,459 students graduated as part of the Class of 2019, the largest graduating class in the history of Elizabeth Public Schools.

Among the speakers at the ceremony were New Jersey Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, City of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage; Elizabeth Board of Education President Stephanie Pestana and Board member Stanley Neron; Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer; Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Jennifer Cedeño; Class of 2019 valedictorian and EHS- Frank J. Cicarell Academy senior Nestor Garcia; and keynote speaker, former Elizabeth High School graduate and motivational speaker Shon Y. Hart.

This was the tenth commencement ceremony held for Elizabeth Public Schools graduates since the former Elizabeth High School, once one of the largest high school in the United States, was formed into independently operated high schools.