With their proud families, friends, teachers and administrators in attendance, Freeport High School’s Class of 2015 celebrated its graduation at Hofstra University.
The ceremony opened with a musical performance by the symphonic orchestra, conducted by Jill Boardman, and a rendition of the national anthem by the select chorale, directed by Monique Retzlaff. Prior to the announcement of graduates’ names, several speakers, including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Principal Ms. Linda Carter, valedictorian Mohdshobair Hussaini and salutatorian Lois Evans, delivered motivational words to the graduating class.
Dr. Kuncham encouraged the students to be fearless and to use their uniqueness to further pave their paths to success.
“As you move on to your new journey, be fearless and be all you can be. If you don’t already know it, know that you are unique,” said Dr. Kuncham. “Find your unique talents, gifts and dreams, and be your own personal best. Compare yourself to no one — only to yourself. Don’t let other opinions suppress your inner voice, and don’t try to live up to someone else’s notion of perfection. Your uniqueness is your best friend. Find it, accept it, and love it. The world is filled with endless possibilities, and it is your world.”
Ms. Carter urged students to keep in mind those who have supported them, guided them and encouraged them as they strive towards making a difference in the world.
“As you leave Freeport High School today, you leave not just with an education, but with the tools to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Ms. Carter. “Take what you have learned from your parents, family members and the amazing educators, teachers and administrators you have come in contact with, and use it as you begin the next chapter of your life. As you meet new challenges, use it to accomplish your goals and create your own legacy, but do it for the sake of others.”
Valedictorian Hussaini, salutatorian Evans and class vice president Maya Henson reflected on their personal experiences, and thanked their families and friends for being their guiding lights.
“After a shake of the hand, you’re told that this is the moment your real life begins,” said Evans. “But your life began when you swept up your tears and walked to work after school, or when you barely passed that test, but vowed to ace the next one.”
“I would like to thank my mom and dad for all they have done for me, especially my mom, who’s the greatest gift God could’ve ever given me,” said Hussaini. “The moment you step out of this arena tonight, I’m hoping you realize that the ball is in your court, you make your next move, you control your own future and you write your own destiny.”
Following the announcement of all of the graduates’ names, students participated in a celebratory toss of their caps into the air. Assistant Principal Mr. Nelson Holland then addressed the students, assuring them that with the support of their families and Freeport High School staff, they are equipped with the tools to help them navigate any road their dreams take them down.
Best of continued luck to Freeport High School’s Class of 2015!