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Irvington High School Class of 2024 Celebrates Graduation on Juneteenth

Irvington Township

By: Richard L. Smith 

According to Irvington Township school officials, Irvington High School celebrated the graduation of over 400 students from the Class of 2024 on Juneteenth. The ceremony, held on the school's football field, showcased the dedication and hard work of the students, supported by their families, faculty, and community leaders.Ad

The event began with a musical prelude by Matthew Peterson Jr. and a performance of "Pomp and Circumstance" by the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Color Guard.


Chrisla Charles performed the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," capturing the spirit of unity and celebration.

Distinguished guests included Dr. April Vauss, Superintendent of Schools, who praised the graduates for their hard work. Ms. Syesha Benbow, President of the Board of Education and Principal Darnel R. Mangan Sr. acknowledged the graduates' achievements and the community's support.

GraduationMr. Omar Beasley presented scholarships on behalf of the Beasley family, emphasizing the importance of supporting future generations. 

Mayor Tony Vauss highlighted the role of parents and guardians in the students' success, prompting a standing ovation from the graduates.

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin delivered a motivational speech, urging the graduates to use their voices and determination as they move forward. His words resonated deeply, emphasizing the significance of Juneteenth and its message of freedom and progress.

Graduation The ceremony concluded with the presentation of diplomas by Syesha Benbow, Dr. April Vauss, Principal Darnel R. Mangan Sr., and other administrators, recognizing each graduate for their accomplishments.

Families cheered and celebrated their graduates, marking an important milestone in their educational journey.

Principal Darnel R. Mangan Sr. led the alma mater, paying tribute to Irvington High School's legacy of academic excellence. The graduates then tossed their hats and captured memorable photos to commemorate the occasion.

After the ceremony, a minor incident occurred involving six students.  GraduationHowever, township officials said this altercation took place well after the graduation had ended, and most attendees had already left. The swift response of the Irvington Police Department and the Irvington Public Schools security team quickly resolved the situation. 

The administration and Mayor Tony Vauss commended the Class of 2024 for their respectful conduct throughout the event.

This minor incident does not overshadow the overall success of the graduation and the achievements of the Class of 2024. Graduation Mayor Tony Vauss and the community take great pride in these young individuals' accomplishments, recognizing their hard work and dedication.

As the graduates of Irvington High School's Class of 2024 begin new chapters in their lives, they carry with them values of resilience, community, and a commitment to making a difference. 

The ceremony was a true reflection of their achievements and the support they received from their mentors and loved ones.