The 150 members of Southampton High School’s Class of 2021 were presented with their diplomas during the district’s 128th annual commencement exercises on the evening of June 25.
The outdoor ceremony began with the high school’s senior choral groups performing the national anthem. Speakers then took the podium to offer congratulations and words of wisdom.
Remarking on the challenges created by COVID-19, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Dyno said, “You stuck together and persevered, and you are most certainly on the rise.” He added, “Thank you for giving us a reason to get out of bed every day. Your resilience inspired our determination.”
Addressing their peers were a number of student speakers, including twin sisters Elizabeth Gluck and Jacqueline Gluck, who represented the summa cum laude graduates. Speaking on behalf of the student body were seniors Patricia Coo and Hannah Reyes, who discussed their journeys to graduation and seniors Cooper Brindle, Sebastian Frowein and Kiera Gill noted the achievements of their class.
Following the conferral of diplomas, the ceremony culminated with a musical performance and a video presentation of Class of 2021 memories.
Photo courtesy of the Southampton Union Free School District