WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -
Wednesday evening President Barack Obama spoke at Worcester Technical High School’s graduation saying the school is a great example of what can be to improve education in our country.
In just a few years the school in has gone from low performing to a national model and Blue Ribbon winner.
The president said other schools across the country would be well served by following Worcester Tech’s model for success.
“If it can happen in Worcester, it can happen in any place. If it does, if more communities invest in young people like you, if you give back, if we all keep fighting to put opportunity within reach of everybody who is willing to work for it, America will be stronger, your future will be brighter. There is no limit to what we can do together. So congrats to class of 2014, you’re going to do big things,” President Obama said.
During his speech the president also urged students to give back to their community in the future and remember everyone who helped them along the way.
President Obama stayed on stage after his speech to congratulate the students and shake their hands.
“While I was sitting down, the entire time I was thinking of something to say, and when I got up there, the only thing that came out was ‘you're the man Mr. President.’ He chuckled and told me congratulations,” Kyle Williams-Ramos said.
Other students weren’t sure what to do.
“I saw everyone hugging him, so I was like do ‘I hug him, do I shake his hand,’ I didn’t know what to do, I was so nervous,” one student said.
And still more students were too nervous to think about it.
“I just started crying, and I looked at him, and he's like 'aww, you're choked up' and then he hugged me really, really tight and I just kept crying,” Johanny Bouman said.