Special to The Advocate
Roberto Velasquez, representing Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City of Everett, spoke at the Everett High School Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium. Mayor DeMaria could not attend this year’s EHS graduation ceremony due to a prior commitment he made to represent the City on other business.
Velasquez, an alumnus of Everett High School’s class of 2005, was born and raised in Everett and currently works for the City of Everett as a Human Resources Generalist. He went to the Hamilton School – now known as the Keverian School – and the Parlin School as a child.
In his speech, he mentions the similarity he sees between the current graduating class and his own back in 2005. “Appreciate the bonds you have built in the community of Everett because that hopefulness for the unknown we had back in ’05, I see it here again, and especially in you, class of 2022,” said Velasquez.
Mayor DeMaria said he couldn’t have asked for a better person to represent him and the City of Everett. Velasquez gives back to the community through the programs he helps facilitate for the city’s youths, which is his passion. Programs like Mayor DeMaria’s Summer Youth Program, Digital Navigators, and Languages Through Comida are just a few of the ways he works with Everett’s youths.
“I hope that Roberto’s example inspires you as much as he inspires me and all those who work with him,” said DeMaria. Working with the youth in our community and giving back to Everett is one of his passions. He uses his education and the experiences he is gaining to create opportunities for other young adults. My hope is that every graduate of EHS is able to find their passion and a way to make a difference just like Roberto is doing.”
Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City of Everett would like to congratulate the EHS graduating class of 2022. “I’d like to congratulate the Everett High School Class of 2022 for all the hard work, determination, and challenges you had to overcome to get to this point,” said DeMaria. Your journey during these past four years has been truly unique, and I commend you for pushing through all the challenges our world has thrown at you. That’s why I truly believe that you all will be one of the strongest graduating classes because your perseverance showed you can take on any challenges you may come against in the future.”