by Ginni Spencer
Patrick Morrissey, Math Program Administrator for Bedford High School and John Glenn Middle School, was selected by the Class of 2020 to speak at its graduation ceremony. Be it virtual or real, sooner or later, Morrissey was proud to be invited to address the class and their families.
“I am so honored to have been selected by you as the faculty speaker at graduation. It is the highest honor I have received in my 11 years working in Bedford in the math department. I am holding out hope that we can have an in-person ceremony so we can meet one more time in person. I hope you felt the love the Bedford faculty has for all of you in our “Celebrate-a-Senior” letter writing program; I wish I could have written a letter to each of you. If you haven’t yet taken a moment to email the teachers who sent you a letter, I know they would love to hear back from you. Whatever time you have left before you begin the next part of your life, stay positive and spend it with those you love.”
The selection process for determining which faculty member would be invited began earlier this year before the pandemic hit. A short list was created in two rounds of voting and then whittled down to a single name.
Senior Olivia Roscoe, who didn’t actually have Morrissey as a teacher, remarked, “I know Mr. Morrissey from times he proctored tests I was taking and other times when I saw him assisting students. I admired the way he broke down problems and gave advice. Sometimes it’s anxiety-producing to ask a teacher for help, but he made it easy. He’s charismatic and obviously loves what he does.”
Fellow senior Caitlin Pequeno described Morrissey as “…a great role model. He is always a friendly face in the hall and full of enthusiasm. In my Peer Leaders class we did a project for the whole school on Autism Awareness Month and interviewed him for his insights. He was thoughtful and compassionate.”
Hannah O’Connor said she, too, did not have Morrissey for class but “still experienced the impact that he has with every student he teaches, mentors or instructs….His genuine kindness and humble attitude made my four years at BHS better.”
The date of graduation remains tentative as of this writing but it is clear that whatever is decided Morrissey can count on a warm reception from the Class of 2020.