Peters told the graduates that four years at Salem High has prepared them for change — whether it be in life or New England weather.
The rain forced the ceremony to be moved from Grant Field to Davis Gymnasium, where several hundred friends and family members watched from the bleachers.
Down the hall, another several hundred people watched the graduation on a large screen in Seifert Auditorium. The school administration announced the change about 10 a.m. yesterday.
Collyer and Superintendent Michael Delahanty praised the class for their talent and ambition.
“I applaud you for your perseverance and determination for reaching this very important milestone,” Collyer said.
Delahanty said he’s known some of the graduates’ families since he began as the principal of North Salem School in 1987.
“I really marvel at what these young men and women can do,” he said. “I am in awe of your potential.”
The original contingency plan called for the commencement to be held moved to 10 a.m. today, but there were doubts about this morning’s weather as well.