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From Phantoms To Graduates: Bayport-Blue Point’s Class Of 2024

On June 21, Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Class of 2024 celebrated its graduation during the 96th annual commencement ceremony. Dressed in blue and gold caps and gowns, the graduating Phantoms processed down the Bob Sullivan Football Field to their seats as the high school’s band and orchestra performed “Pomp and Circumstance” under the direction of Mr. David Johnson.

The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by the board of education’s student representative Alexandra V., followed by the band and orchestra’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Principal James Nolan then welcomed the graduates and thanked their support systems for getting them to where they are today.

He spoke about their legacy, noting, “How could I not begin by making it clear that the Class of 2024 is a collection of champions. But, as wonderful as those accomplishments are, you are so much more.” He went on to compliment them as leaders of great character and students always willing to give their time and talents to help others.

On behalf of the board of education, Board President Michael Miller offered his heartfelt congratulations and words of wisdom to the graduates. “Believe in yourself and your abilities for you have already proven that you can achieve great things,” he stated.

Following Mr. Miller, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney stepped to the podium to speak to the graduates on the importance of having a strong, positive mindset moving forward and to remember the lessons and values they’ve learned throughout their years in the district. “As you embark on the next chapter of your lives, remember where you come from and the lessons you’ve learned along the way,” Dr. Hearney said. “Carry with you the spirit of BBP.”

Salutatorian Faith D. reminisced on her personal journey throughout her time in Bayport-Blue Point and the memories, friendships and unforgettable experiences she’s had along the way. “These memories over the past 18 years are what unite us as a class that will be remembered as one composed of thousands of invisible strings, connecting us together in one way or another.”

Valedictorian George R. addressed his fellow classmates, reminding them to surround themselves with people who will continuously uplift them and to not lose focus on what’s truly valuable in life.
“In 20 years from now, you probably won’t remember your grades in any specific class or the record of your sports teams, but I can tell you what you will remember,” George said. “You’ll remember your teacher’s advice you’ve taken, friends you’ve laughed with in class and teams you’ve played with since you were 8 years old.”

The senior members of the high school chorus then came forward to perform “Vienna” by Billy Joel before Superintendent Dr. Hearney presented Principal Nolan with an honorary Bayport-Blue Point diploma to thank him for all he’s done for the Bayport-Blue Point school community.
In an exciting end to the ceremony, seniors were each called to the stage and presented with their diplomas. Senior class president Taylor D. then led her fellow graduates in the traditional changing of the tassel. Students eagerly threw their graduation caps in the air in celebration before the Class of 2024 recessed and were officially declared graduates of Bayport-Blue Point High School.

Photos courtesy of Bayport-Blue Point School District

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