South Orangetown Central School District

The sun was shining brightly as Tappan Zee High School celebrated the graduation of its senior class at the 2021 118th Commencement Exercise this morning on the field of Palisades Federal Credit Union Park. The Tappan Zee High School Concert Band — under the direction of Music Department Team Leader (9-12) William Hughes — kicked off the ceremony with selections from “West Side Story,” before launching into the “Pomp and Circumstance” processional. President of Student Organization Hannah Lustig led the Pledge to the Flag followed by the “Star Spangled Banner” performed by senior choir members and conducted by Choral Director Russell Wagoner.

Looking out over the crowd of graduates donning red and white, Principal Rudy Arietta, President of the Senior Class Adith Vettom, Salutatorian Casey Kousoulas, Valedictorian Dylan McMorrow and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert R. Pritchard each delivered speeches acknowledging the community, perseverance, dedication, and strength the seniors have displayed throughout their time as students. “Despite all of the unprecedented challenges presented to us over the past fifteen months, here we are. More importantly, here you are. You made it.” said Arietta.

Secretary of the Senior Class Kezia Mathew and Treasurer Hadiya Qazi read aloud the class roll as seniors took the stage to accept their diplomas — met with cheers and applause from the crowd. McMorrow concluded the ceremony by congratulating the Class of 2021 as students ceremoniously moved their tassel before tossing their caps in the air — marking their achievement.

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

View the TZHS Class of 2021 Senior Highlights video here.

TZHS students toss caps in the air at graduation