Although it was raining, the
glow of family and friends shined on the 2017 graduates of the UCP of
Long Island’s Children’s Center on Friday, June 16, 2017. The
graduation commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by Children’s
Center Color Guard Members Muzammel, Kayla, Katherine and Ashley.
This was followed by the procession of the graduating class of 2017,
who proudly made their way through the audience of beaming family
members, friends, UCP staff and Board Members as well as honored guests
including Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino.
Director of Educational Services
and Principal, Sherri Glazer addressed the graduates with a message of
perseverance urging them “to remember that success often hinges on the
ability to refocus on your goals again and again…and to always give it
one more try and then another and another.”
The four graduates aging out of
the Children’s Center received the “Skills and Achievement Credential”
which recognizes student achievement as measured by the New York State
Alternate Assessment. Two of these students Sydney and
Matthew also received the Thomas DiNapoli Student Achievement Award for
outstanding academic performance and leadership potential.
Marianne Derbyshire of the Children’s Center handed out the
diplomas with assistance from UCP of Long Island Board Members as well
as School District Personnel from the home districts of the graduates.
A music interlude of “Little Hands”,
performed by the newly established Children’s Center Ukelele Club was
enjoyed by all. Under the leadership of Coach Chris, the club
practiced daily to prepare for graduation.
The pomp and circumstances continued as 15 preschoolers entered the all-purpose room to the tune of “What Makes You Useful”
by One Direction. These students are either going back to their
home districts or will be moving up to the Children’s Center School-age
program. They were awarded certificates by UCP of Long Island
But perhaps the most favorite
and anticipated activity of the graduation was the slideshow
presentation. Students, staff and families enjoyed seeing pictures
from the 2016-2017 school year. A dry eye was not to be
Sherri Glazer closed by thanking
the Children’s Center managers, teaching staff, maintenance department,
Parent Committee, UCP Board of Directors and President/CEO Stephen
Friedman with whom this day and successful school year could not have
been made possible.
Congratulations to all of our 2017 graduates and their families!