To the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the high school band, members of Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Class of 2022 strode confidently on to Coach Williams Memorial Field for their commencement ceremony on June 24.
Here are some of the highlights of the momentous event:
The Pledge and the national anthem
Senior class vice president McKenzie Busch led the Pledge of Allegiance and Aidan Marrone sang a heartfelt rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The presidents speak
Bridget Hannon, senior class president and Alysa Watral, student council president, offered reflections to the soon-to-be graduates, noting how proud they were as a class to have matured so much from their days in middle school.
Babylon Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone commended the class for its perseverance and willingness to face challenges head on.
“You give me hope that the choices you make will change the world for the better,” he said. “I like to bank on hopes, ideals and positive qualities of this group. Continue to show kindness, empathy, generosity, integrity and passion and humility.”
A thankful salutatorian
Class salutatorian Alexis Lewis thanked her teachers, family and friends for their support throughout the years and inspiring her love of learning.
“Whatever you do next, please don’t forget to put your heart into it,” she said. “Be the person to reach out and help someone else. Be the person to step up to the challenge. Be the person to do the right thing, even when it’s scary.”
Valedictorian discusses growth
“The simple little steps have been what has changed us the most,” class valedictorian Kenneth Graham said. “It’s not always the grand moments that change your life for the better. More commonly, it’s these simple little steps that will change you for the better.”
Inspiring message from the superintendent
Babylon School District Superintendent Linda Rozzi told the students to take the time to reflect on their academic journey.
“As we see you here today, I see nothing but pride and confidence in you,” she said. “It has been an honor and privilege to have been part of your journey here in Babylon. Today concludes a significant and wonderful chapter of your life. Yet an equally significant and wonderful chapter is about to begin.”
Beloved math teacher’s message
Before the presentation of diplomas, math teacher John Michele, who is retiring form the district this year, addressed the senior class.
“There’s something amazing about energy level in a room filled with this group,” he said. “Your spirit and sense of excitement is almost palpable. You all have so many interests, thoughts and fresh perspectives. You’re honest, enthusiastic and very determined.”
Great photos from the event
Photos courtesy of Babylon School District.