On Monday, June 24, 2019, Pomp and Circumstance was triumphantly played during the grand procession for the graduates of the Northeastern Conference Schools at New Rochelle SDA Church. Schools participating in the graduation included both elementary and high school graduates. The following Northeastern schools participated in the annual graduation ceremony: (Elementary) Bethel, Bethesda Junior Academy, Hanson Place, Jamaica, Linden, R. T. Hudson and Westchester Area Seventh-day Adventist Schools; (Highschool) Northeastern Academy and South Brooklyn SDA Academies. There were 46 graduates from the elementary schools and 37 graduates from the two high schools.
The commencement speaker, 23-year old Dr. Danielle McDonald, who graduated from Jamaica SDA School just seven years ago, enthusiastically reminded the graduates of their worth. “You are more than conquerors and greater is He that is in your than he that is in the world. Step out of your comfort zone and into your God-given future. Follow your passions and flee the limitations of others. You will succeed!”
More than $100,000 worth of scholarships were give to the high school graduates who acheived in academics and leadership from Andrews University, La Sierra University, Oakwood University and Washington Adventist University.
Recognition was given not only to students who had academic success, but also to nine teachers who have served the schools and will be retiring this year. They have a combined total of more than 200 years of service to the education field. Dr. Honore proudly admonished them by saying, “You may not receive what you are due here on earth but when you get to heaven, and when you look around and see your students, that reward will be worth more than anything that could be given to you on earth.”
by JeNean Lendor
Assistant to the President for Communications, NEC