HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory encouraged Hunter Business School graduates to dare to be themselves and live life on their own timelines in his remarks at the school’s graduation ceremony.
Donned in bright blue caps and gowns and surrounded by family and faculty, Hunter students were all smiles as they celebrated their milestone at the Mill Pond Golf Course in Medford on Feb. 26. Nearly 140 students graduated from the technical school, which offers vocational programs in the technology and medical fields and has campuses in Medford and Levittown.
“There is so much pressure to conform to societal narratives – what you should do, who you should be, or how you should act… But the truth is, the only timeline that matters is your own,” Presiding Officer Gregory told the graduates. “What truly matters is that you find your own path and walk it. Be honest with yourself about who you are and what you believe in. Stick to your principles… Acting on your own timeline takes courage, but that is how you live with integrity, and integrity is core to living a meaningful life.”
He offered special thanks to the graduates for choosing to make a life on Long Island.
“I understand that it’s not an easy choice for many these days given the high cost of living, and as presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, one of my priorities has been to do whatever it takes to make it easier for our residents to live, work and raise a family here,” he said. “Our workforce is the backbone of Suffolk County, so thank you for making your life here, thank you for choosing to be educated here, and thank you for putting your skilled efforts to work here. We are lucky to have you as part of our community.”
Caption for photo: Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory celebrates with Hunter Business School graduates Laura Christiano of Center Moriches, Carmen Segarra of Bay Shore, John Pazienza of Coram, Ashley Webster of Riverhead, Hannah Klein of East Quogue, and Nicole Wilson of Bay Shore at the Mill Pond Golf Course in Medford on Feb. 26.