Miller Place Celebrates the Class of 2022

District’s 48th annual commencement honors graduating seniors

The Miller Place High School football field became a sea of navy blue and white caps and gowns as graduating seniors walked through an inflatable Panther arch to receive their diplomas at Miller Place School District’s 48th annual commencement ceremony.    

The Class of 2022 was celebrated collectively for their achievements and dedication through all four years of high school. The graduates were particularly noted for their resilience in overcoming COVID-19 obstacles such as remote learning and social distancing. The senior class capped its final year with an enthusiastic return to many of the in-person events, performances and activities that were put on hold or held at limited capacity during the height of the pandemic.  

“Parents and family members, we appreciate your ongoing support and your guidance that has contributed to your child’s ability to excel and receive this honor tonight. Thank you for entrusting your children to us and allowing us the opportunity to assist with their developing into the young adults they are today.” said outgoing Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marianne Cartisano in her last commencement address for the district. Dr. Cartisano concluded her remarks by imparting advice on the graduating class and encouraging them to “…Remember, acts of kindness last longer than the moment. You matter to someone. You are the difference in someone’s life. You have the tools to succeed – now go live your best life. Thank you and enjoy this very special milestone.”

One by one, graduates were called up on stage to receive their diplomas and commendations for their hard work during the past four years. Dr. Cartisano, Principal Kevin Slavin and members of the Miller Place School District Board of Education and High School Administration congratulated each student and offered best wishes for the future. “The class of 2022 will indeed be a class we will always remember, one who’s story is unlike any others.  And you will be remembered for a specific reason, because over the past 13 years this class has proven time and time again to be a group of students that can handle any adversity with maturity and grace.  You are a united class, united with your classmates and well beyond,” said Principal Kevin Slavin.   

During the ceremony, Valedictorian Emma LaMountain and Salutatorian Diya Saini also took the podium to reflect on the last four years of their journey in high school and to wish their fellow classmates well and encourage them to continue to work hard and to follow their dreams.  

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Graduating seniors at Miller Place High School walked onto their school’s football field to receive their diplomas at a commencement ceremony for the Class of 2022.
Family and friends cheered and showed support as their loved ones crossed the stage and received their diplomas.  
Salutatorian Diya Saini took the podium alongside Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marianne Cartisano and shared words of encouragement to the Class of 2022.
Valedictorian Emma LaMountain addressed her class and reflected on their educational career.
One student embraced her loved one with her diploma in hand.
Students simultaneously moved their tassels across their faces to signify their commencement.
Students threw their graduation caps in the air at the close of the ceremony.
Dr. Cartisano shared a poignant address to the Class of 2022 for the final time as Superintendent.