Summer Grads Rise to Challenge

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Five determined new graduates of the Class of 2015 – Joshua Castillo, Elaina Drywa, John Munoz, Lauren Saxberg and Hugens Tranquille – participated in a summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 27 at the high school’s library. Jonathan Thomas also graduated, but did not attend the ceremony.

Clad in red robes and caps, the five future alumni entered to the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance,” in front of an audience that included their proud families as well as central administration, district directors and Board of Education President Philip Montuori Sr. and trustee Jessica Carney.

“Your high school diploma is a prize that no one can take away from you,” said Principal William Brennen. “Be proud that you didn’t give up, be proud that you rose to the challenge and be proud that you have earned the right to call yourselves East Islip High School alumni.”

“This isn’t the end of your academic road, it is the springboard to lifelong learning,” Superintendent of Schools John V. Dolan told the new graduates, before Montuori handed a diploma to each young man and woman and they stepped off onto the next path to their futures.