Lynbrook High School’s Class of 2019 made their way onto the field of Marion Street Elementary School in the presence of proud family, friends, faculty, board members and building and central administrators during their commencement ceremony June 27. Dressed in their caps, gowns and colorful cords, the 233 graduates prepared to close the chapter on their high school careers.
The ceremony began with the National Anthem, conducted by Brian White and the Lynbrook High School Concert Band. Salutatorian Sam Cohen followed with an address to his fellow peers about closure and all the incredible feats the class accomplished together.
“Don’t look for closure,” he told them. “Look for gratitude, look for love and look around you because the friends sitting next to you and the family cheering you on aren’t going anywhere.”
Valedictorian Kaylie Hausknecht reflected on her time as a Lynbrook student and spoke about welcoming the unexpected in life.
“Let us revel in the great gift of wonder that we have all been given,” she told them. “Then, and only then, can we make a unique and meaningful contribution to our world.”
Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis praised the graduates and shared their impressive achievements from throughout their time in the high school.
“The Class of 2019 is a great group of people,” he said. “You are hard-working, caring, thoughtful, accomplished and fun to be around. Today our community celebrates you.”
The graduates also heard from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak who encouraged the students to reflect on four requests. She advised the students to “stay hungry,” working toward their passions and to “work like an artisan,” carving their initials in all they do. Dr. Burak also encouraged the graduates to “live in beta,” to keep improving, and to “think like a parent,” putting your best self forward while making appropriate and difficult decisions along the way.
“If you start off with these ideals in mind, you will always be prepared for whatever lies ahead,” she told them. “I have no doubt you will be just fine and continue to make all of us proud.”
Mr. Rainis announced each graduate to receive their diploma from the Board of Education. Loved ones cheered in excitement as the graduates were congratulated by each member of the board and central administration. Before announcing the Class of 2019 for the final time, Mr. Rainis asked all Lynbrook alumni in the audience to stand. The Class of 2019 stood with their fellow alumni as they tossed their caps high and exited the commencement ceremony looking to the bright future ahead. Congratulations, Class of 2019!