Smithtown High School West celebrates 339 graduates at commencement


Smithtown High School West held its 2024 graduation ceremony Wednesday on the school’s football field, where 339 seniors turned their tassels and celebrated with their families.

Principal John Coady, who announced his retirement earlier this year, addressed the graduates, emphasizing the school’s community spirit.

“Smithtown High School West has become a second home and family,” Coady said. “The achievements we have witnessed, both academic and personal, are a testament to the incredible synergy and teamwork that exists within our school.”

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Simmons and senior class president Courtney Alptekin also praised the accomplishments of the graduates, who started high school under the darks clouds of the COVID-19 pandemic. Honor Speaker Brayden Stahl encouraged his classmates to live in the moment and appreciate their experiences.

“No matter where your journey takes you, do not quantify your life based on awards, salary, or even Smash Brothers tournament wins,” Stahl said. “Instead, judge yourself on the times you can step back, live in the present, and say, ‘I really love what I’m doing right now.'”

The ceremony concluded with each student receiving their diplomas, followed by the traditional turning of the tassels and cap toss.

Scroll down to see photos from the Class of 2024 commencement ceremony.

Commencement photos

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