Video: Morristown High grads of 2019 tip their mortarboards to the Stones, Class of ’69

TRIUMPH! Morristown High 2019 commencement. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


When candidate Donald Trump started playing You Can’t Always Get What You Want on the campaign trail in 2016, Mick Jagger objected–adding it was odd anyone would choose this “sort of doomy ballad about drugs in Chelsea.”

(Remember when Ronald Reagan thought Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA was a patriotic anthem?)

But hey, the Stones’ tune is a sturdy beast. People have been singing it for a half-century, after all. That includes many of the 461 newest graduates of Morristown High School, who joined in on the chorus when prompted by Principal Mark Manning at Wednesday’s commencement:

Video: MHS Class of 2019 reprises a golden oldie (starts around the 6:50 mark):


You’ve got to take inspiration where you can find it, right?

Here is more video from the graduation ceremony. For maximum realism, close all your windows, turn off the air conditioning, and invite 2,000 of your closest friends to jump up and down around your computer.

Video: Beware of mortarboards!

Video: Valedictorian Anna Michelle Cliche:

Video: Salutatorian Abigail Anne Gringeri

Video: Everybody sing!

Video: Student Gov President Isabella Natalie Galinkin:

Video: Class President Alexander Pio Rhette Superio Arenas:

Video: Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast:

Video: Name that tune


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