Crowns and Glory

  • Under a sultry Saturday morning sky, the Sayville High School Class of 2010 weathered their June 26th Commencement Ceremony with amazing calm. The processional of purple and yellow, uncoiling across the football field, kept time with the traditional Pomp and Circumstance march played by the High School band under the direction of Mr. Pete DeSalvo.

    Fringing the fences and filling the bleachers were family and friends who roared, cheered, and whistled while their favorite graduates entered the rows of seats on the field in alphabetical order. Bringing up the rear of the procession were representatives of Sayville Alumni, going back as early as 1936, bearing banners unfurled by warm breezes.

    As a class with outstanding accomplishments, the 2010 Graduates earned great praise for demonstrating respectful behavior, both during the academic year as well as at the graduation ceremony. Upholding a tradition established last year, the graduates listened without disruptions to their commencement speakers.

    Near the ceremony's end, the skies had turned ominous with dark clouds and a few raindrops, compelling Mr. Hoffer to abbreviate his closing remarks. Mr. Hoffer managed to wish the graduates "success, health, and happiness in their future endeavors" before the cloudburst. As luck would have it, the only real shower was a "rain" of graduate caps tossed in jubilation.