The Bayport-Blue Point High School football field was a sea of gold and white as the Class of 2022 processed to their seats, surrounded by proud family and district staff, during the district’s 94th commencement exercise, held on June 24.
The ceremony began with Madison Dietz leading the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the national anthem, played by the high school band.
Principal Robert Haas congratulated the students in his welcoming address. “Each and every one of you has unique talents that will ultimately lead to success in whatever path you choose,” he said.
Board president Michael Miller also told the graduates that he hopes “each of you will feel passionate and inspired,” and that the students have “an obligation to yourself to excel.”
Superintendent of schools Dr. Timothy Hearney encouraged the graduates to find their “why” and to live in the moment and not think of the “what ifs.”
Salutatorian Amanda Feldmann then addressed the crowd, taking her peers on a reminiscent journey of their years at Bayport-Blue Point schools, noting that it was important to take a step back and focus on what they have. “We grew as people and opened up to the world around us,” Feldmann said. This was followed with thoughtful words of advice by valedictorian Annelise Schreiber, who cautioned peers not to allow stress to take away from their educational experience. “Give yourselves a fair shot on determining who you are,” Schreiber said.
Principal Haas then returned to the stage to recognize students who received honor medallions, having graduated with a GPA of 90 percent or higher. He also recognized graduates who have selflessly chosen to serve the country in a branch of the U.S. military upon graduation, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Prior to the presentation of diplomas, senior members of the Bayport-Blue Point High School chorus performed a moving rendition of Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten,” instilling a palpable sense of nostalgia among the graduates.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Class of 2022 co-presidents Kieran S. and Andi S. addressed their peers and led them in the ceremonial moving of the tassels from right to left, officially signifying conferral of their high school degrees.
Bayport-Blue Point School District congratulates the Class of 2022 on their graduation from Bayport-Blue Point High School and extends best wishes for success as each graduate moves forward on their individual journeys.
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