BHS Sends Off Seniors at NYSEG Stadium

BHS Sends Off Seniors at NYSEG Stadium
Posted on 07/01/2020

Congratulations to the brilliant, talented, accomplished Binghamton High School Class of 2020! More than 300 esteemed graduates were celebrated during seven separate ceremonies at NYSEG Stadium on Sunday, June 28.

BHS and district officials worked diligently to ensure that our commencement exercises were in line with New York State COVID-19 guidelines, which permitted no more than 150 individuals at a single ceremony. During these outdoor graduation ceremonies, students were seated in socially distanced rows on the baseball field, while their guests cheered them on from the stands. Masks were required for students, staff and guests, and the stadium was sanitized prior to each ceremony. The events were professionally live streamed via Facebook.

Attendees heard remarks from Board of Education President Joseph Gasior, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonia Thompson and Binghamton High School Principal Kevin Richman, who praised the graduates for their endurance.

“Graduates, you are a resilient and strong group who were born during 9/11/2001, and are now graduating during a global pandemic. Your senior year was turned upside down due to COVID-19,” Mr. Richman said. “Whether your education began at MacArthur, Horace Mann, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin, or elsewhere, you are all here today at NYSEG Stadium because you have made it.”

Students speakers included valedictorian Isaac Karp, salutatorian Shannon Perna and class president, Paige Drumm. Karp left his peers with words of motivation about community action and organizing.

“We, the Class of 2020, have accomplished so much as a group. This year’s Thanksgiving dinner, which fed more than 500 people, highlighted our compassion and dedication to the community,” Karp said. “We spruced up our neighborhoods together in honor of our much loved and missed classmate, Harper Stantz, and we opened up a library at Horace Mann in her honor. We have shown the capability to care for a cause. We cannot let this momentum stop.”  

The late Harper Stantz, a member of the 2020 class, was killed by a drugged driver last year. Her memory was palpable on graduation day. Each ceremony included a moment of silence for Stantz, and other loved ones lost too soon. Her principal and classmates spoke of her in their speeches. A special seat was saved for Stantz alongside her classmates, and her chair was adorned with balloons and flowers in her favorite color of yellow. When Stantz’ name was called, her parents, Patty and Marty Stantz, took to the stage to accept their daughter’s honorary diploma.

Among this group of graduates is approximately 112 students who graduated with honors, 200 who will be attending a two or four-year college, and six who have enlisted to serving our nation’s armed forces. We had 16 students enrolled in International Baccalaureate courses and 124 students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses. 20 students graduated from the Project Lead the Way program, and 130 students graduated from the Rod Serling School of Fine Arts. More than 100 seniors were honored with scholarships which amounted to more than $190,000.

We wish the members of the Class of 2020 the very best in their future endeavors. We could not be prouder of these Patriots!

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