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Glen Cove High School Sends off its Class of 2022

Glen Cove School District hosts a commencement ceremony for graduates and their families.

A warm Summer evening provided the perfect backdrop to the Class of 2022 commencement ceremony at Glen Cove High School. The Glen Cove School District welcomed friends, family and loved ones to celebrate graduates during an evening that included inspirational speeches and poignant reflections from Valedictorian Teresa Melfi, Salutatorian Doris Serrano, Honorarian Grace Spoto and Class President Anna Basil.

Commencement started with performances from the Glen Cove High School Band and Concert Choir, followed by remarks from Principal Antonio Santana and reflections from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna. During Dr. Rianna’s speech, she encouraged the graduating class to help build a better world by contributing towards change, even if that contribution is simply kindness, and to take comfort in one another.  “When you are scared, or need guidance, or just someone to listen to you work it through in your own heart and mind, look around you,” Dr. Rianna said. “There are people in your life that will listen, that will provide you the guidance that will remind you of who you truly are, that will never leave you alone, even when they are not physically close to you. They are your family,” she added.

During the outdoor celebration, each student walked across the stage and was handed their diploma individually, giving family and friends a chance to take photos during this proud moment. Spirits were high and smiles were bright as students enjoyed a traditional in-person graduation ceremony.

In his last address as principal of Glen Cove High School, Antonio Santana looked back and shared words of wisdom for the graduating class. “Over the last seven years, I have grown incredibly attached to our high school community. That’s what I have loved most about my time in Glen Cove – it’s that real sense of community and the fact that all of us here, and I mean all of us, have played a crucial role in making today happen,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t know if we really appreciate just how many people are involved in providing a safe, nurturing and supportive environment for students to grow and flourish,” Mr. Santana added.

Commencement concluded with the GCHS Orchestra performing the Recessional song “Graduation Day,” while students joined with their families to continue celebrating their achievement.

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