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Congratulations Class of 2020!

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 The District’s Board of Education, administration, staff, family and friends filed into the NBHS’s stadium for the commencement ceremonies for the high school’s graduating Class of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the graduation was broken up into seven ceremonies to ensure public safety. In addition to their live ceremonies, the district also hosted a virtual ceremony.

The first ceremony kicked off with Superintendent of Schools Glen Eschbach and NBHS Principal Jonathan Klomp highlighting the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.

Prior to receiving their diplomas, the 354 students heard from several speakers who shared their wisdom and words of motivation for their new journey. This included Superintendent Eschbach, Principal Klomp, and senior class co-president Katie Doyle. Valedictorian Bryan Sabogal and salutatorian Carlos Sabogal were unable to attend the live ceremonies due to the pandemic but had their speeches streamed during the virtual ceremony. 

Principal Klomp made introductions and thanked all those who made the live and virtual ceremonies possible. “Breaking up the Class of 2020 in a safe manner consistent with New York State requirements for social gatherings in order to recognize each student, required a lot of planning and flexibility. But we are bulldog strong and even though we are not all together today, we are together,” he continued. “Your high school graduation is an important milestone but just one of many available to you as a result of the education that has been provided by the hard working and dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff within the North Babylon School District. Congratulations to all of you. 

Superintendent Eschbach challenged students to make a conscious effort to practice kindness and maintain dignity and respect. “Become mindful of how you respond to others and be responsible for your words and your actions. Acknowledge the value of different perspectives, create relationships that build trust, limit bias and favoritism and strive for the best overall outcomes. Do your part to make your school, workplace and community and better place for all to work live, learn and play. Be kind, be proud of who you are and stay true to yourself,” he continued. “Take the time to reflect back on all that you have accomplished and use it to fuel your next chapter. Always remember your bulldog pride and your North Babylon roots, which have helped shape you into the fine individuals that you have become.”

The NBHS’s Class of 2020 turned the tassels on their caps from right to left prior to receiving their diplomas and safely exiting the field with their families.

Wednesday, Aug 05, 2020 Facebook