A sea of blue and gold greeted members of Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Class of 2014 during graduation on Saturday.
A total of 178 graduating seniors marched to the school band and orchestra’s rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance,” before taking their seats.
“As we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, the fear of the unknown may be daunting, but we must remember that we have faced this fear many times before,” said valedictorian Cassandra Dooley. “Just as before, we will face new obstacles. We will encounter new opportunities.”
In speeches by administrators and fellow students, graduates were urged to strive for growth and to rise in the face of challenges.
“I encourage you to take risks and be open to life, because it’s the chances you take, the people you meet and those who you surround yourself with that will truly define who you are,” said Principal Gaurav Passi.
“Never say no to yourself,” said Board of Education President Rebecca Campbell. “Never let fear of failure, rejection, not being good enough or other people’s ideas of what our capabilities are get in the way."
Class President Isabelle Goldstein performed an original poem she co-wrote with fellow graduates Connor Stevens and salutatorian Natalie Mottl, and later presented Susan Haske, the retiring principal of James Wilson Young middle school, with an honorary BBP high school diploma.