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Class of 2024: Conferred and Graduated!

1,239 seniors walked across the stage at Frank A. Mauro Stadium on the evening of June 26 and received their diplomas, celebrating their status as the graduating class of 2024 from the Brentwood Union Free School District.

The celebration began with parents and family members filing into the stands and the standing-room areas on the back of the field as Brentwood's celebrated Green Machine Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Sitler, performed "Pomp and Circumstance." Members of the BUFSD Board of Education and Cabinet along with administration from the high school led the senior class to their seats before Susana Landaverde performed a powerful and unforgettable rendition of the national anthem as the AFJROTC Honor Guard presented the colors. After the anthem, a touching tribute was paid to the memory of G. Paula Moore, a former Brentwood community champion and member of the Board of Education who passed away this past April. Moore's family was on stage and introduced by Department Head of World Languages and Home Language Arts Ms. Carla Ribeiro.

Speeches were given by BHS Acting Principal Dr. Dashana Dulin, BUFSD Interim Superintendent of Schools Ms. Ortiz-Rivera, and the Brentwood Board of Education as told by BOE President Ms. Eileen Felix. The quartet of salutatorians and valedictorians---Talha Rehman and Gabriellie Cabral from Sonderling as well as Carlos Garcia and Jonathan Baker from Ross---spoke to the graduating class about the importance of understanding the roots from which they all rose to become the newest member of the Brentwood Alumni organization. Students celebrated these roots with sashes and caps that celebrated their cultural heritage as well as many touching tributes to family members who helped pave the way for them.

Students were celebrated and recognized for their achievements in and out of the classroom, including receiving Honors Diplomas and the New York State Seal of Biliteracy among other graduation awards. Students were also honored for receiving CDOS certifications as well as BOCES and technical diplomas for their hard work towards a trade or career. In his final BHS graduation ceremony, Assistant Principal of the Ross Center, Dr. Chief Taylor, saluted the students that were graduating with plans to enter into the various branches of the United States Military.

Once the final diploma was presented, the class was beckoned by Dr. Dulin to stand and flip the tassels on their caps from right to left. In a joyous celebration, caps flew into the blue sky and hugs were shared as the students became graduates. Congratulations to the Brentwood High School Class of 2024!