PLATTSBURGH - Forty-two students graduated during the 21st commencement exercises for Seton Catholic Central School.
The school held its ceremony at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Hawkins Hall June 19. This year marked the last graduating class under principal Msgr. Robert Aucoin.
Giving the graduation address was the Rev. Timothy Canaan, who was a student among Aucoin's first graduating class as principal.
"I know your pain," Canaan said jokingly as he addressed the students. "Also, I feel it's my class that made him the person he is today as a principal, so you can blame me."
Valedictorian Rachel Daly, winner of the special senior award for science, spoke on a more serious note to her classmates, family and friends gathered in the auditorium, focusing on the phrase "thank you." The words are ones Daly said are used too commonly to express the message she wanted to send to her family and teachers.
"Thank you is what you say when someone hands you a napkin," she said. "It's what you say when someone says 'God bless you' or when they hand you your fries at Burger King."
"Thank you is much too small a phrase to hold all of the things I need it to carry right now, but nothing more complicated seems right," Daly continued.
Daly thanked those who helped mold her and her fellow students for the love they've shown them in their time at Seton, noting love is "the one thing you can take with you."
"So, thank you to everyone who has ever shown my classmates and me that love. I can only hope that the future will allow us enough opportunity to bring it back to all of you in return," said Daly.
Salutatorian Samantha Mulcahy also had words of thanks for the people of Seton, noting the relationship between the students and the school was a symbiotic one.
"As we move forward and go our separate ways, I think we will realize that just as we have made our mark on Seton Catholic, it too has made its mark on us," said Mulcahy. "We will remember Seton exactly as it is now, a snapshot of where it all began. The memories of the times we had, the friends who were there for us through it all, the things we learned, and the teachers who cared so much they made everything worthwhile."
"Seton has given us a foundation upon which to build the rest of our lives," she added, "and I hope that each of us go out and live the life we have always wanted for ourselves."