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Itís Graduation Time For East End Classes Of 2008

Originally Posted: June 19, 2008

Mariah Quinn

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Commencement ceremonies will be held at area schools from East Hampton to Westhampton the last weekend of June.

Southampton - "Pomp and Circumstance" will be playing from Hampton Bays to East Hampton next weekend, when graduation ceremonies will be held at all local public schools. With graduating classes ranging in size from 223 students in Westhampton Beach to just eight in Bridgehampton, classes of all sizes and students of all backgrounds will make the transition from high schoolers to graduates, four years finished with a twist of a tassel and a toss of a cap.

In Southampton, 145 students will graduate in a ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Among the graduates will be the valedictorian, Claire Kemp, who plans on attending Tufts University this fall, and the salutatorian Stephen Ham IV, who has committed to Princeton University. Congressman Tim Bishop will return to his hometown to deliver a commencement address. John Turnbull, a retiring teacher, and Robert Barker, a retiring assistant principal, will join him on the speaker's platform.

The graduating classes range from eight students in
Bridgehampton to 222 seniors in East Hampton.

Hampton Bays
In Hampton Bays, 130 students will graduate from the high school at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, with valedictorian Brianne Frayne, who will head to University of Michigan this fall, and salutatorian Danielle Rouge, who plans on attending St. Joseph's University, addressing their fellow graduates. County Executive Steve Levy will offer words of wisdom to the outgoing students.

East Hampton
The largest graduating class on the East End hails from East Hampton where 222 students will receive diplomas at a ceremony scheduled for noon on June 28. The three featured speakers are all graduating seniors Asalia Goldberg, the valedictorian who will attend Columbia University, Gwendolen Akard, the salutatorian headed to Tufts University, and class president Hanna Riege, who will act as a master of ceremonies for the event.

The smallest graduating class includes the eight seniors at Bridgehampton High School who will be honored at a commencement ceremony at the school on Sunday, June 29 at 4 p.m. Valedictorian Jocelyn Kalish, who plans on attending the State University of New York at Geneseo, and Tiffany Stewart, headed to St. John's University, will address the attendees, as will the keynote speakers Cora and Peter Weiss.

Sixty-four graduating students will participate in commencement ceremonies at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. The valedictorian Lucy Wawryk, committed to Fordham University and salutatorian Josephine Thiele, scheduled to attend Colby College, will address their fellow graduates.

Westhampton Beach
At Westhampton Beach High School, 223 students will don caps for the 1 p.m. ceremony on June 29 at the Carl Hanson Memorial Field. Jaclyn Spiegel, the valedictorian, will attend Georgetown University, and the salutatorian, Vanessa Soetanto, will attend Williams College. Among the speakers at the graduation will be Marysa Sheren, who will read the senior poem, James. N. Hulme, president of the Board of Educaton, Lynn Schwartz, Superintendent of Schools, and Jane Flinter, who will deliver the keynote address.

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Jun 20, 2008 8:52 pm

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Jun 20, 2008 11:03 am


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