Congratulations to New York School for the Deaf’s graduating class of 2014! This special group of seniors leave with us a great deal of love, laughter and memories!
On Friday, June 27th, 2014, seniors arrived on campus for the last time as Fanwood students. As they lined up in their blue and white gowns, there thoughts were on their fond memories as well as the excitement that awaits them.
Following the signing of the Pledge of Allegiance, the graduates, their families and NYSD staff members were welcomed by the Executive Director, Dr. Janet Dickinson. The Chairman and President of the Board of Trustees, Eric M. Wagner and Alexis A. Kashar also made remarks.
This year, Salutatorian and Valedictorian, Rosa Padilla and Izumary Rodriguez took the opportunity to address their classmates one last time. The girls, who have been best friends and classmates for 16 years, shared their fond memories and dreams for their future.
We were thrilled to welcome a well-known deaf reality TV star to be the 2014 Graduation Speaker: three-time contestant on CBS’s The Amazing Race popular reality competition series, Mr. Luke Adams. Luke competed alongside his mother in three seasons of the popular series. Luke is a positive role model for our deaf students, not only for his success on The Amazing Race, but also for his positive impact on both the deaf and hearing communities.
Luke’s message to our students centered on the importance of “The Four P’s”: Plan, Practice, Patience and Perseverance. He told the students that without these four qualities, he would not have achieved success not only in the Amazing Race competitions, but in life, as well.
He reminded the graduating students that the only thing that deaf people cannot do is hear. The world is full of opportunity for these young adults and with a little planning, practice, patience and perseverance…success can be achieved.
Congratulations to the NYSD 2014 Graduating Class! We will miss you! Click HERE for pictures from this special event.