West Hempstead Graduates Raise the Bar

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 The district community gathered at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of LIU Post to celebrate the 65th annual West Hempstead High School commencement on June 30.

Assistant Principal Adam Hopkins served as the master of ceremonies and opened the festivities by introducing the evening’s speakers after the seniors paraded down the aisles and onto the stage. The co-presidents of the senior class committee, Autumn Collins and Harpinder Kaur, delivered the farewell address directed towards their classmates.

“We all came together to turn gravel into strong, solid concrete - and for that I am forever grateful for the Class of 2019,” said Autumn. “Congrats graduates as for this is not the end but the start to a bright and better future.”

Salutatorian Isabella Caldwell and valedictorian Marisa Sheehan each thanked their families, friends, educators and peers for the past while looking ahead with excitement and opportunity. 

“The last four years have prepared us for this moment,” Marisa said to her classmates. “It’s up to you to decide what the next four will lead you to. Thinking about our future can be overwhelming but everyone here is capable of success.”

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman and high school principal James DeTommaso shared the theme of congratulating the graduates, thanking the class for making an impact on the school and community, encouraging their dreams and expressing that they will always have a home at West Hempstead.

“I am extremely proud that many of you have met the challenge and raised the bar,” said Mr. DeTommaso. “Now that your post high school life is almost upon you, it is time for you to set the bar in the next phase of your life.”

Music teacher Nicole Blier led the chamber choir in a performance of the school’s alma mater followed by Pentatonix’s “Light in the Hallway” prior to the awarding of diplomas to the seniors. Mr. DeTommaso congratulated the graduates and officially presented the Class of 2019 to a standing ovation from the Board of Education, administration, staff as well as families and friends in attendance. 

“You will always be a Ram, you will always have a home here and if you ever need anything, all you need to do is ask,” Mr. Rehman told the graduates.