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Class of 2016 graduates with an unofficial record-breaking graduation rate

June 27, 2016

In a graduation ceremony filled with school pride, words of advice, and reflection, the members of Monticello High School's graduating Class of 2016 heard a larger takeaway — that they were extraordinary. Aside from being filled with record-setting scholars, athletes, dancers, musicians, and writers, the class also boasts an unofficial graduation rate of 79.4 percent — the highest rate in a decade, and an increase of 14 percentage points in the last two years. 

208 students graduated in a June 26 ceremony that looked back on the graduates' 13-year journey and celebrated the days still to come.

The Commencement Ceremony drew a standing-room-only crowd to the S.U.N.Y Sullivan Paul Gerry Fieldhouse and included speeches from seniors Rebecca Bass, Timothy Brausinstein, Allison Kurthy and Cristal Staten, Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus and Monticello High School Principal Stephen Wilder.

Monticello High School’s Class of 2016 are a group of individuals who have emerged as leaders throughout the school year, Superintendent Mangus said, praising the class’ collective achievements.

The graduation celebration was attended by hundreds of family, friends and teachers and culminated with the students turning the tassels on their caps, symbolizing their transformation from students to alumni.

To relive the ceremony, press play on the video below or browse through the pictures on the district’s Facebook page.