Proudly dressed in blue and gold caps and gowns, Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Class of 2019 prepared for the next chapter of their lives during the school’s commencement ceremony on June 28. Family, friends, staff, members of the board of education and central and building administrators were present for the momentous occasion on the front lawn of Bayport-Blue Point High School.
The 189 graduates entered the ceremony to Pomp and Circumstance, directed by Michael Sarling and performed by the high school band and orchestra. Before taking their seats, each graduate placed a white rose on an empty seat in the front row in memory of Carly LeStrange, a member of the Class of 2019. Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi opened the ceremony by introducing distinguished guests. This followed with the national anthem by the high school band and orchestra and a musical performance from senior chorus members who sang “In My Life” by the Beatles.
Dr. Passi addressed the graduating class, his last at Bayport-Blue Point High School and spoke about how each individual has control of their attitude and growth in life. He reminded the graduates that “when we focus on the positive, the positive grows and when we focus on developing ourselves into the best version of us, that is what will grow.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney presented Dr. Passi with a diploma to mark the end of his career serving Bayport-Blue Point High School. Board of Education President Michael Miller and Dr. Hearney both praised the graduates and offered advice.
“I challenge you, the Class of 2019, to pursue those things that do not come easy…because if you do, I promise you, you will grow as an individual and as a person,” said Dr. Hearney.
Salutatorian Emily Phua and Valedictorian Maria Grande addressed their fellow graduates as they reflected on their support systems and their valuable time at the high school. Both wished their fellow peers the best of luck as they pursue their dreams.
Before the presentation of diplomas, Dr. Passi recognized the 79 graduates who earned the Honor Medallion for maintaining a GPA of at least a 90% and Dr. Hearney officially certified the graduates. Loved ones cheered as each student was recognized on stage as Dr. Passi handed them their diploma. Assistant Principal Martin Malone also received a diploma for his commitment to the students of Bayport-Blue Point as he continues his career in another school district.
Class of 2019 Co-Presidents Julia Johnson and Graceann Sulima commended the families present and encouraged the graduates to remember the memories shared and the friendships that were formed. Together, the Class of 2019 moved their tassels to symbolize the end of their high school career and before closing the ceremony, tossed their caps high as they prepared to embark on the future ahead.
Photos courtesy of Bayport-Blue Point School District