Riverhead Class of 2018 Graduates

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As proud parents, friends, teachers and administrators looked on, the members of the Riverhead Central School District Class of 2018 received their diplomas during the district’s commencement exercises on June 23.

In addition to a flag salute led by the NJROTC, student-musicians sang the national anthem and “Remember Me” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. 

The accomplishments of the members of the Class of 2018 were celebrated by a number of speeches. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez encouraged the students to apply their passions for the betterment of society. 

“Be lifelong leaders,” she said. “The road ahead is yours to define.” 

In his commencement address, Principal Charles Regan said, “As you go through life and take up causes, take that next step and make a difference.”

Both valedictorian Juliette Lehman and salutatorian Olivia Dickerson shared memories from their years in the Riverhead Central School District and wished their classmates the best going forward.

“The years ahead will change us, but always be resilient,” Juliette offered. 

“Be excited,” Olivia said. “There are endless opportunities in front of us.”

Also featured was class president Madison Cohen, who spoke about the history of the Class of 2018, and Kimberlyn Ligon, student government body president.

The graduates then approached the stage one by one to receive their diplomas and become alumni of the Riverhead Central School District. The district offers the Class of 2018 best wishes and much success in years to come.