The Riverhead community was proud to celebrate the Class of 2022 during the annual commencement ceremony held on Friday, June 24.
Students proudly marched out in front of an audience filled with family and friends to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.” The ceremony kicked off with the Pledge of Allegiance led by the NJROTC and student-musician Jacob Schiavone singing the Star-Spangled Banner.
A number of distinguished guests took the podium to congratulate the Class of 2022 on their achievements. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore addressed the graduates before student government body president Alexander Carter welcomed his peers. Additionally, Lane Bubka, a graduate of the Class of 2021, shared words of encouragement and wished the graduates the best.
Treasurer of the Class of 2022 Ryken Kutner and Secretary Jacob Schiavone presented Riverhead High School with a gift. The graduating class contributed visuals to assist with school branding that will be placed throughout the building. Each of the visuals will have messages of inspiration and Riverhead pride. Following the presentation of the class gift, class president Kaya Payton gave a brief history of the seniors’ time at Riverhead High School.
“Throughout our four years together, we have proven that we will continue to grow and thrive, no matter what we are thrown into,” she said. “All of the moments we have shared leading up to this day will be treasured.”
Following the remarks, the academic leaders of the Class were recognized, and salutatorian Alvin Levik looked ahead to future endeavors, while reflecting on the accomplishments of the past.
“Graduating high school, for most of us, feels almost bittersweet. The prospect of limitless possibilities is an enticing one, but yet community cultivated, friendships forged, and memories made in the high school will still be missed.”
Valedictorian Riley Wendt gave a lighthearted address, listing the top five things he has learned outside of the classroom during his years at Riverhead. He concluded by thanking the entire Riverhead community.
“Thank you, Riverhead for your patience, your attention, your pride in your children and your community, and the unwavering support.”
Principal Sean O’Hara shared a few words before the graduates were called to the stage to receive their diplomas. Shortly after, they turned their tassels and tossed their caps into the air, signifying the official designation as alumni.