Gathered in the Walter G. O’ Connell Copiague High School gymnasium, eighth-grade students from Copiague Middle School received their diplomas of completion during a moving up ceremony held on June 22.

Among family, friends, students, administrators, faculty and members of the board of education, Assistant Principal and the evening’s Master of Ceremonies Michael Ferretti officially began the event with an introduction of welcome remarks. Following the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by the sixth- and seventh-grade band, arranged by Andy Clark, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon congratulated the students for reaching this stage in their educational careers as well as offered some keen advice as they transition to high school.  

During her address as class representative, Student Council President Nicole Hernandez reminisced on her middle school experiences, the lessons she learned and her anticipation for the many opportunities that await them next year. Last to speak, Principal Andrew Lagnado took to the podium where he provided sage advice and farewell comments to the soon-to-be high school students, graduating Class of 2020.

Following the presentation of diplomas, the procession of students took their first steps as middle school graduates while the band performed “Westwind.”