Congratulations To The East Meadow Class of 2017

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Signifying their bright futures, seniors from East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools accepted their diplomas under sunny skies on June 25. Both ceremonies included musical interludes from the senior chorale, poignant speeches from administrators and a farewell address from Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo.
Filing in to the traditional strains of Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” the graduates assembled on their respective schools’ football fields sporting blue and maroon caps and gowns to the applause and cheers of proud parents, faculty, administrators and Board of Education members.

In his final speech before retiring as East Meadow’s Superintendent, Mr. Campo addressed the graduates with words of wisdom while commending their personal and academic growth, as well as their selfless service to the community.

“All of your hard work has brought you to this place of distinction, recognition and accomplishment,” he said. “Together we have traveled a great distance and my wish for you all is to be lifelong learners and use your library of knowledge and experience to help you as you navigate life.”
The valedictorians and salutatorians of both classes addressed their peers one final time reflecting on the fond high school memories and urging their fellow graduates to embrace the uncertainty that the world has to offer.

To commemorate the East Meadow High School 60th graduation exercises, Principal Richard Howard, commended the Class of 2017 for their years of outstanding accomplishments and reminded them they’ll always have a place to call home. He also presented Joseph MacDonell, a graduate of the Class of 1957 with an honorary diploma and bestowed celebratory diplomas to Mr. Campo and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cindy Munter.

Across the district, W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels commended the seniors for their academic successes, community service efforts and passions, while also wishing them a lifetime of happiness in whatever they choose to do.
After receiving their diplomas and moving their tassels to the left, the Class of 2017 tossed their caps in the air, rejoicing with friends and family. The district congratulates both classes and wishes them happiness, prosperity and great success as they embark on their next journey.