On Friday, August 25, 35 William Floyd seniors became the newest alumni of William Floyd High School joining approximately 600 of their peers from the Class of 2017 by fulfilling the requirements to attain a high school diploma. Members of the Board of Education and district and secondary administration attended the ceremony to confer the diplomas on the graduates and celebrate the occasion with their friends and families.
Robert Vecchio, Board of Education President addressed the graduates, “Challenges and obstacles are opportunities to excel. Don’t let other people define success for you – define success for yourselves,” he said. “Commit yourself to excellence. Being ‘Floyd Strong’ is getting that diploma and being ready for your next step whatever you choose that to be. Congratulations!”
“Your talent, hard work, dedication and perseverance have brought you to this stage today,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools. “Many of you entered high school as children looking for your way, trying to find your niche; today you leave here as adults with your high school diploma!”
The ceremony, attended by approximately 100 friends and family members, featured student speaker Jordan Walker, Floyd Academy Principal John DeBenedetto, Summer School Principal Dr. Michele Gode, William Floyd High School Principal Philip Scotto, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Stacey Scalise, as well as Mr. Vecchio and Mr. Coster. Graduate Natalie Irizarry led the “Tassel Ceremony” while her classmate Peter Lombardi led the “Pledge of Allegiance.” William Floyd Board of Education Trustees Lorraine Mentz and Robert Taiani also attended and congratulated the graduates.
Please click below for additional photos and a video of the ceremony!