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Hendrick Hudson’s Class of 2024 Celebrated at Commencement Ceremony

The message to the Hendrick Hudson High School graduating Class of 2024 resonated throughout this year’s Commencement Ceremony. It was voiced by members of the administration and student speakers, who reminded those in caps and gowns to be proud of what they were accomplishing.

“You have earned it,” said Chiara Quick, the Class of 2024’s Salutatorian. “And you are ready for the future.”

This year’s seniors were saluted for their success and pointed toward bright futures at a festive graduation ceremony, which was held in the HHHS Dome on Friday, June 21. Quick, Valedictorian Rachel Keefe and Masters of Ceremonies George Wright helped establish a celebratory tone, while Principal Lauren Scollins, who delivered the opening address; Board of Education President Alexis Bernard; and Superintendent of Schools Michael A. Tromblee each paid tribute to the new graduates.

“This is the end of one chapter,” Bernard said, “and the beginning of another.”

Superintendent Tromblee, overseeing his first Hendrick Hudson commencement, implored students to always remember to embrace their roots, cultivate their environment and be resilient.

“As you leave here today, remember that you are not just stepping into the next chapter of your lives. You are stepping into a world of endless possibilities,” Tromblee said. “Whether you are heading to college, starting a new job, or exploring different paths, carry with you the belief that you can bloom wherever you are planted.”

Keefe also touted her classmates for their resiliency, saying they have consistently faced challenges and persevered in the face of them.

“It has been an honor to get to know each and every one of you and the resilience you’ve shown,” Keefe said. “I hope you always hold onto your dreams.”

In addition to the student speakers, other members of the senior class performed, with Mia O’Malley and Max Lipton joining together to sing the National Anthem. Later, the Senior Singers performed the song “Landslide.”

The commencement was highlighted by the Presentation of Diplomas, which were administered by Assistant Principals Nick Katsaris and Maria Pearson. After the smiling graduates were cheered one by one, they were presented to the crowd. The students moved their tassels from right to left and then tossed their caps before dispersing to celebrate their achievement with family and friends.