Bethpage high school celebrates Class of 2018

BHS Celebrates 63rd Annual Commencement photo

Bethpage High School celebrated its 63rd annual commencement on June 22 to honor the Class of 2018 on a near-perfect evening at the Bethpage Athletic Complex. 

The ceremony was the final for Superintendent of Schools Terrence Clark as he prepares for retirement after 32 years in the district, spending the last nine as superintendent. 

“I have loved every minute of being your superintendent,” Clark told the Class of 2018. “I was honored when you dedicated your yearbook to me. I will cherish that forever.” 

Clark’s was among several speeches throughout the night, including the final commencement speech as principal from Michael Spence, who is transitioning to the role of assistant superintendent for instruction for the district.

“Don’t live a life of should have and could have. Your possibilities are endless, your reach far and wide,” Spence said to the graduates. “Don’t doubt yourself – and if you do, which is natural, go forward anyway. Failure is okay; your attempt builds character, grit and ultimately where you need to be.”

Joshua Danzinger, senior class president, and Marco Cunha, student council president, delivered opening remarks before handing off to the class’s salutatorian, Gillian O’Boyle, and valedictorian, Smiti Shah.

“There’s more to standing out in the world than natural talent or being a genius. It is my firm belief that to achieve any success, it is critical to work hard,” Shah proclaimed. “Persistence is far more valuable than any notion of talent; there is no substitution for hard work.” 

Each student was presented with a diploma and pronounced graduates before the traditional cap toss ended the evening and put a punctuation on the tenure of the Class of 2018. 

The district congratulates its newest alumni and wishes them the best of luck in the future!