For eight seniors from East Islip High School’s Class of 2012, the school’s summer graduation on Aug. 29 proved to be an event worth waiting for.
Six of the graduates – Joseph Chiusano, John Fusco, David Gomez, Frank James, Jamie Karl and Nicholas Pinzon – attended the commencement ceremony at the high school’s library with their proud families and friends cheering them on. (Christie Azzato and Christian Monk also graduated but were unable to attend.)
Clad in red robes and mortarboard caps, the six students marched into the library to the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and speeches from Principal William Brennen and Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello. Other district representatives in attendance included Board of Education President Ken Cronin, Board Vice President Louis F. Raffone, Assistant Superintendent for Business Carl Fraser, Director of Humanities Sarajean Anderson, and Director of Careers and Student Services Israel Malinowitzer.
Brennen told the graduates to be proud of their achievement and that what mattered most is that they graduated from East Islip High School, not when the commencement took place. He then gave his usual “old Irish blessing,” telling them, “Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”
President Ken Cronin duly presented each of the new alumni with a diploma, and without further delay, the informal celebrations began.