NEW BRITAIN — New Britain Stadium was full Friday morning, but instead of a Rock Cats game, families and friends were there for the 2014 commencement ceremony for New Britain High School.

Mayor Erin Stewart, of the New Britain High School class of 2005, said the iconic location was a reminder to graduates to always remember where they came from.

"The city of New Britain is extremely proud of you. Be proud of where you came from and give back to the place that has given you so much," Stewart said, telling students that her own graduation nine years ago is still one of the proudest moments of her life.

School board President Sharon Beloin-Saavedra encouraged to students to be self-confident and pursue their dreams.

"Who you are and what you have to contribute is extraordinary," Beloin-Saavedra said.

Salutatorian Katarzyna Krolak pointed out in her speech that although the graduates all share a special bond, most of them have not lived in New Britain their entire lives.

"For most of us, New Britain was not our first home. I emigrated here with my parents from Poland when I was an infant," Krolak said, noting the diversity of the class of 2014.

Valedictorian Krystian Koszykowski also made an address, and and holding with modern social media trends, took a selfie with the crowd.

Superintendent Kelt Cooper addressed the graduates and told them that though they may feel defeat sometimes, each was was born with a talent. It is their choice, Cooper said, to develop that talent and create a future.

"Nobody knows what you are going to do with your life. You were born with a bunch of gifts," Cooper said.