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Photos: Pomp and Strange Circumstances for East Hampton Graduation

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 19:27
Diploma in hand, Kendall Stedman caught a ride out of the graduation ceremony.
Christine Sampson Photos

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the East Hampton High School class of 2020 traded graduation walks for rides at their drive-up commencement ceremony on Friday. The ceremony went off without a hitch, and 225 graduates received diplomas. The musician Jimmy Buffett recorded well-wishes and advice for the graduates, telling them, "The world is your oyster, but it's up to you to find your own pearls."

The singer Jimmy Buffett recorded a video message filled with sage advice for the East Hampton graduates.

The Neo-Political Cowgirls, a local nonprofit theater arts group, organized an event in which positive messages were written and strung along the fence in front of East Hampton High School.

Wells Woolcott, the class salutatorian, delivered a sharply witty speech. “We’re the grade that won the t-shirt design contest sophomore year with the colors green and purple, when they said only the Hulk could pull it off. We’re the grade that survived the entirety of Cardi B’s career during our tenure at East Hampton High School. Most importantly, we’re the grade that gave up the end of our senior year to project people from coronavirus.”

Barbara Dayton, the Springs School Board president, celebrated her daughter Aly's graduation on Friday.

Nick Wyche, in graduation cap and gown, celebrated with his father, Sean Wyche, sister Tiffanie Wyche, and mother Bobbi Edwards. Nick is planning a career in law enforcement.

Lucas Del Favero was all thumbs-up as he waited in line for graduation.


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