Elmont Memorial High School’s Class of 2016 entered the David S. Mack
Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University for the school’s
59th annual commencement on June 26 filled with emotion as they readied
to embark on a new chapter.
During the ceremony, the
graduates-to-be heard remarks from class president Joseph Olawoye and
salutatorian Lerone Clark, who told fellow graduates that ambition
augments one’s ability to be autonomous.
“We are all capable of
achieving optimum success,” Clark said. “My goal today is to encourage
all of you to have the mindset that you can do whatever you want to do.”
Valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna spoke to students about the
growth and support they had experienced since arriving at Elmont
Memorial and what happens now as they move forward.
of the Elmont community will never dim,” Uwamanzu-Nna said. “We owe it
to Elmont to keep maximizing our potential by utilizing our own voices
to work with our new peers [and to] be confident in ourselves, our towns
and our ability to become the trailblazers of tomorrow.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie and Sen. Jack Martins also
addressed the Class of 2016. Dr. Ferrie congratulated the students on
their achievements and encouraged them to maintain a positive attitude
as they face the challenges ahead.
“During the past six years,
you have represented the communities of Elmont in an exceptional
manner. Have the perseverance and dream big in order to continue what
you’re doing now for the rest of your life,” Dr. Ferrie said.
Principal Kevin Dougherty’s commencement address, he reminded students
to love their families, to always be themselves, to share and play
nicely with others, and to become active citizens in society.
The students were then presented with their diplomas and sang the school’s alma mater, before tossing their caps in celebration.