Family, friends and distinguished guests cheered as a sea of smiling graduates adorned in black caps and gowns filed onto the football field for the annual commencement ceremony honoring the Sachem High School North Class of 2018.
As the ceremony began, members of the select choir beautifully performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before High School North Principal Patricia Trombetta welcomed the Class of 2018 with a powerful speech that spoke to her belief in the graduates’ abilities to succeed.
“There are going to be challenges and obstacles along the way, but I have the utmost confidence that you are prepared and able to accomplish anything you put your mind to,” Trombetta said. “Follow your dreams and let the world know that you are on your way.”
Continuing the ceremony, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham delivered a speech on the value of the connections students have made during their experience in the Sachem Central School District and the tremendous accomplishments they have made thus far.
“Graduates, we followed you as a class and watched with great pride as you have accomplished so much. The Class of 2018 should be incredibly proud of all they have done while here at Sachem,” he said.
During an inspiring speech that followed, Class of 2018 valedictorian Abigail Bandl echoed her confidence in her fellow graduates and herself to accomplish great things as they begin the next chapter of their young lives.
“One thing that I can say for sure is that our time at Sachem has prepared us for what lies ahead,” Abigail said. “All of us sitting here today are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the world and make an impact.”
As the ceremony came to a close, students moved their tassels from right to left, signifying their graduation. With pastel blue skies above, students threw their caps into the air with a celebratory cheer as they closed the chapter on their experience as students in the Sachem Central School District.