When the Windsor High School Class of 2018 graduated Wednesday night at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts they were missing a classmate.
Connor Dowd, who joined the Army National Guard, was already several days into boot camp at Fort Benning, Georgia.
As he prepared to board a plane at Bradley International Airport last Friday, Dowd said he was grateful to the school for giving him a small graduation ceremony before he left, and even though the Army gave him an option to go later, he wanted to get started.
“Sometimes there’s a bigger commitment to make for the greater good,” said Dowd, who hopes to one day become a police officer.
Dowd, who will attend...