Huntington High School’s Class of 2019 will march into Blue Devil Stadium in parallel columns on Friday at 6 p.m. for the school’s 158th commencement exercises. A crowd of about 2,000 is expected to attend.
The ceremony will include traditional addresses by valedictorian Hadley Clayton and salutatorian Ryan Hoffmann along with Principal Brenden Cusack, Superintendent James W. Polansky and Huntington School Board President Jennifer Hebert.
Several seniors will take leading roles in the event. Phoebe Walther will serve as master of ceremonies. Katherine Stock, Erika Varady, Arielle Harvey, Emma Farrell, Jack Farrell and Luke Farrell and Ilsi Martinez Euceda will introduce various classmates and officials prior to their addresses.
Class of 2019 faculty advisors David Moriarty and Danielle Raguzin will announce the names of the graduates as they make their way to the stage. Huntington School Board members will present the seniors with their diplomas.
Class of 2019 Vice President Ashlyn Case will announce the presentation of a gift to the high school early in the commencement program.
A chamber choir quartet with perform the Huntington Alma Mater, which was arranged by Bill Baker.
Huntington chamber choir seniors will perform Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner,” which will be followed by the transferring of colors by Ms. Case and Class of 2019 President Dominick Stanley to juniors Daniela Ramos Campos and Julien Rentsch.
Class of 2019 members will march into Blue Devil Stadium to Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance No. 1.” The new graduates will march off the field to “New York, New York.” Music teacher Nicole Castaldo will conduct the orchestra for the processional and recessional, respectively.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will move indoors to the cavernous high school auditorium, which now features an air conditioning system.