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Photos: Brookline High School Class of 2023 Commencement

June 5, 2023  Updated June 7, 2023 at 12:49 p.m.
  • BHS graduates celebrate with a hat toss. Photo by Madi Koesler

Rain and clouds did not dampen the enthusiasm of Brookline’s 482 graduating seniors, who received their diplomas on Sunday, putting an end to four years of high school punctuated by a pandemic.

“We conquered it, because of our resilience. If BHS taught us one useful thing, it was definitely how to be resilient,” said senior speaker Jacquovia Higgs. “Maybe after these past four years, you know exactly what path you’re going down, and maybe you have no idea. But it doesn’t matter, because you are so incredibly resilient, and that’s all you need to be.”

Read more reflections from BHS seniors here.


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More than 84% of the class are going on to four-year colleges. Here are the most common destinations for the class of 2023:

CollegeNumber of students
University of Massachusetts-Amherst42
Northeastern University21
University of Massachusetts-Boston17
Boston University13
Brandeis University10
University of Vermont8
Massachusetts Bay Community College7
Cornell University6
Northwestern University5
New York University5
Boston College5
Harvard University5
Suffolk University5
University of Massachusetts-Lowell5
Washington University in St Louis5
McGill University4
Ohio State University-Main Campus4
Clark University4
Emmanuel College4
Lesley University4
Massachusetts Institute of Technology4
Tufts University4
Worcester Polytechnic Institute4
The George Washington University4
University of Maryland-College Park4
Tulane University of Louisiana4