William Floyd High School held its 60th annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 29, 2019, celebrating the approximately 640 students who became the newest alumni of William Floyd High School. This year’s graduating class will venture off to make their mark on the world beginning with entrance into a two- or four-year college, a technical school, the workforce or the United States military in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.
A brief rundown of graduate highlights includes: 15 are entering military service; 104 graduated with a Career and Technical Education Endorsement recognition; 30 were in the Senior National Honor Society; 28 were in the Foreign Language Honor Society; 26 were in the Senior Tri-M Honor Society; 13 were in the Senior Art Honor Society; 13 were in the Senior Business Honor Society; and five were in the NYS Science Honor Society. Overall, 105 received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and 240 received High Achievement Awards. This year’s graduating class also marks the highest four-year cohort June graduation rate ever with 84.9% surpassing last year’s June rate of 83.5%.
The valedictorian, Ke Qing Wang (Cornell University), and salutatorian, Shannen Kaufman (University at Buffalo) both gave addresses to fellow graduates, along with Board of Education Trustee Thomas Gross, Superintendent of Schools Kevin M. Coster, William Floyd High School Principal Philip Scotto and Floyd Academy Principal John DeBenedetto. The Brookhaven and Mastic Fire Departments also provided a wonderful backdrop with a large American flag adorning the area just behind the stage, the NJROTC presented the “Colors” and the graduating senior chorus performed. Additionally, the generous William Floyd school community provided $150,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors. Congratulations once again to the graduates of the Class of 2019!
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