East Meadow Class of 2018 Shines at Graduation

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As morning clouds cleared way for sunny skies, graduates at East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools gathered on their respective football fields to accept their diplomas June 24. 

Both ceremonies included musical numbers from the senior chorus, in addition to speeches from administrators, district officials and the first commencement speech delivered by Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., as Superintendent of Schools.

“I ask you to remember that a high school diploma is a significant accomplishment and a beginning to finding your place in this world,” Dr. Card told the graduates. “Instead of the world changing you, you can change the world.”

The class president, salutatorian and valedictorian from each class addressed their peers one final time by reflecting, encouraging and looking ahead to the future. 

“We need to realize that we are the future and our voices matter tremendously,” said East Meadow High School Class President Daniel Miranda. “If we want change in matters that affect us, we need to speak up.” 

“As we forge ahead with our plans next year,” said W.T. Clarke High School Valedictorian Aashini Shah. “Whether it is employment, enlistment or further education, we need to remember why we were successful in high school. These lessons will be the ones we take into our adult lives.”

East Meadow Principal Richard Howard and W.T. Clarke Principal Timothy Voels each thanked their seniors for making a difference through community service and in the classroom, while also applauding them for all of their achievements and successes. Mr. Voels inserted a lyric from the song “We’re All in This Together” from the popular movie “High School Musical.”

“We are successful because we are all in this together,” he concluded. “Class of 2018, I thank you for sharing your high school years with me and I am glad ‘we’re all in this together.’”

After receiving their diplomas and moving their tassels to the left, the Class of 2018 took part in the traditional cap toss to put an exclamation point on the ceremony. The district congratulates both classes and wishes them happiness, prosperity and great success as they embark on their next journey.