To view the exuberance on display at the Class of 2012 commencement exercises was to understand what it means to be a graduate of Glen Cove High School. Temperatures in the nineties did nothing to dampen the spirits of the proud students, loving families and dedicated teachers and administrators who came together to celebrate with pride and gratitude the outstanding accomplishments of the students who crossed the high school field to receive their diplomas. Common threads ran through all the commencements speeches, touching on the themes of unity, diversity, perseverance and pride that have defined the lives generations of Glen Cove graduates.
    
As the high school band struck up the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the graduates proudly marched onto the field. The Select Choir performed a celestial rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” marking the opening of the evening’s festivities.
    
Deferring to the heat in a dramatic gesture, Principal Dr. Joseph Hinton ripped up his prepared speech in favor of a few extemporaneous words of advice. “With the knowledge and experience you have gained here,  I have faith that you will go forth and be successful,” he said. “Be proud of who you are, where you came from and what you stand for.”
    
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria offered his thanks to parents and teachers before turning to the graduates with his words of advice. “Let no one but you determine your destiny, and always follow your destiny where it leads. Things won’t always go the way you planned, but never forget that there is a path before you. Your future is yet to be realized.”
    
Salutatorian Alexandra Gerin, Honorarian Gorov Sodhi, Class President Anish Joshi and Valedictorian Alison Abrams each recalled fondly all the special memories they made together as a class, the challenges they faced along the way and their bright hopes for the future as they step forward to make their way in the world. In the final words of her valedictory address, Alison reminded her classmates to remember their roots, grow and prosper in the future, take chances, try new things and expand their horizons, while always taking pride in Glen Cove High School as a place of diversity, pride and unity.
    
As he bid the Class of 2012 farewell, Faculty speaker Chris MacDonald gave them three simple words of advice. “Be prepared, be tough and never give up,” he said with conviction.  “The real world is not made for excuses. But you have one advantage. You went to Glen Cove High School. Diversity is our strength.”
    
Before the awarding of diplomas to the graduates, three honorary diplomas were awarded to retirees Sheryl Goodine, Deborah Pearsall and Antonie Samuels.

After all the diplomas were distributed, the graduates passed their tassels from left to right before tossing their mortarboards into the air.


Glen Cove High School Alma Mater:

“Rah for Glen Cove High School,
All hail to thee,
Dear Alma Mater,
We will loyal be,
Ever let thy glory,
Shine for ages long,
Three cheers for Glen Cove High,
Will be our song.”