Before the Pomp and Circumstance, those backstage moments with graduates are like that cumulative, final high five among friends — the smiles, the tears, the jokes, the barbs … up to that walk to the diploma and the goodbye to high school.
The sun has had a hard time peering out from the dank weather veil these days. So, daydreaming about a simpler summer time when a dive into the ocean in Sea Bright was all you needed comes a lot easier than that ball of fire and the imminent need to cool down.
It was considered a privilege and honor. They were chosen from the junior class at RFH to serve as the debutante-like ushers for the graduating class. All dressed in white and supposedly gracefully toting a chain of daisies, the Daisy Chain girls were a fixture of high school finery at graduations in the 1970s.
The origins of the somewhat upper-crust tradition date back to the 1900s, but this Retro Pic of the Day was snapped in 1978.
They’re headed to high school now.
One hundred and ten eighth graders of Fair Haven’s Class of 2016 graduated from Knollwood School on June 20 at a ceremony at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH).
About the ceremony …
In keeping with the celebration of eighth grade graduation fashion, let’s take a look at the boys’ style.
You’d have to admit that fad dress-up attire has been kinder to the male gender over the years — except for the leisure suit. That was an unforgiving polyester fashion fail.
And, while girls, from the dawn of time, have fallen prey to either their mother’s loving fashion misdeeds or a really bad fad, like Gunne Sax (actually owned by Jessica McClintock, go figure), gingham maxis or just plain bad frills in the wrong places and in awful colors, boys have gotten away with wearing, at worst, really bad plaid sear sucker suits and bowties.
Graduation time is nearing. So is summer vacation.
It’s a time that incites a lot of cheering a la the old Alice Cooper song, “School’s Out for Summer!” Cheering customarily involves a lot of jumping up and down and loud vocalizing.
But, these RFHers of the late 1970s/80s had another effective way of getting the message across without sound — only movement and facial expression … silent, meticulously choreographed movement and faces. Mime.
Remember? There was an RFH Mime Troupe in days gone by. And the troupe performed all over the place. They were quite renowned.
So, the Retro Pic of the Day is an ode to the mimes and getting many a message across with gusto and without a peep.
Besides, they really do look like they’re jumping up and down for joy over summer vacation or something pretty spectacular, like graduation.
Know who these guys are? We do.
— Elaine Van Develde
The Knollwood School Class of 2015 has graduated.
Though there are some things you may or may not know about the students in the graduating class, the June 18 ceremony at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School itself and honors awarded.
Here are some of those Knollwood graduation facts …
It’s been just a little more than a week since the students of Rumson and Fair Haven’s middle schools, Knollwood and Forrestdale, took their graduation walks in more ways than one.
From the traditional walk from Knollwood to Sickles School, symbolizing the end of an era and many milestones made, to lining the halls of their new high school, the middle school students marked a time for moving on to their teen years in high school.
It’s a symbolic time. One that those who grow up in the area tend to never forget — well, unless wish you’d forget it, because you wore a really ugly yellow dress and your hair was particularly frizzy that night. Ahem. I digress.
The walk, either way, either to Pomp and Circumstance, down Third Street in Fair Haven, through the halls of RFH or all, it’s a walk toward the future.
Good luck to the Knollwood and Forrestdale grads! Embrace the future with passion and purpose!
Check out our Retro Pic of the Day slideshow capturing some of those moments. Thanks to the following parents for the photos: Paige McCann, Erin, Elizabeth Sullivan, LuAnn Hughes, Doug Borden and Madelyne Valko.
Forrestdale School’s Class of 2015 has graduated.
Here’s more information about the 118 Rumson students who received their diplomas from Board of Education President Colleen O’Connor and Deane-Porter School Principal Shari Feeney at the June 17 ceremony at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School:
It’s graduation day for Fair Haven’s Knollwood School Class of 2015.
One of the steadfast traditions is, in addition to the usual walk to get the diploma, the one from Knollwood down Third Street to Sickles School for the dance.
All along the way, the grads are greeted by cheering families and friends with signs, cheers, noisemakers, balloons and anything else to make the occasion as festive as possible.
This year, we’re sure, won’t be an exception.
Unfortunately, Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect will not be able to make it, but we ask that you send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can post them in a slideshow post-graduation.
In the meantime, we are honoring the students and the day with a look back at the 2013 graduation walk.
It’s graduation time. And Forrestdale School in Rumson held its ceremony at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Wednesday night.
Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect could not make it to the ceremony, so we are asking people to send in their photos so that we can put a slideshow together.
In the meantime, here’s a group shot from the Hughes family (directly above) and a Retro Pic of the Day of the 2013 graduation (featured).