Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

GradsThis year’s graduates are a special group of seniors who leave Fanwood with a great deal of love, laughter and memories!

On Friday, June 24th, 2016, 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, local legislators, and NYSD staff members were welcomed by Superintendent, Dr. Ronald Stern.DSC_2924

This year, Valedictorian, Agron Deski, and Salutatorian, Victoria Pon, took the DSC_3000opportunity to address their classmates one last time.  The two graduating seniors shared fond memories of their time at Fanwood, as well as a strong message encouraging their fellow classmates to pursue their dreams, refuse to give up, and to continue to work hard.

Graduation Speaker, Bernard Bragg "BB", and NYSD Board of Trustees President, Alexis A. Kashar

Graduation Speaker, Bernard Bragg “BB”, and NYSD Board of Trustees President, Alexis A. Kashar

We were thrilled to welcome Mr. Bernard Bragg as the 2016 Graduation Speaker.  Mr. Bragg is the Co-Founder of the National Theater of the Deaf, as well as a well-known actor and producer.

Bernard Bragg is one of Fanwood’s most prominent alumni and one of the world’s most accomplished performing deaf artists.  A pioneer as a deaf mime and actor, “BB”, as he is fondly called in the deaf community, was central to paving the way for many deaf and hard of hearing actors in Theatre, television, and movies.

Additionally, BB’s dedication to working hard and following dreams a trait that we hope our graduates will emulate.

Congratulations to the NYSD 2016 Graduates…we wish you the best of luck in your future and cannot wait to welcome you back home as alumni!

Click HERE for more pictures from the 2016 Graduation ceremony.