Oswego County BOCES Special Education Graduation

Oswego County BOCES (OCB) Special Education Department held a commencement ceremony for nineteen graduating seniors in the class of 2012 on June 12.

Pictured is the graduating class of 2012: in front, left to right are: Glenn Carey II (Oswego); Clifford Wood (Central Square); Jeanette Uhos (Central Square); Alex J. Stefanowski (Central Square); Michael Buffet (Fulton); and Briana Pitts (Fulton). Standing, left to right: Ryan Bristol (APW); Joanne Crimmins (Mexico); Taylor Clark (Phoenix); Cory Paulich (Fulton); Michelle Blair (Oswego); Billie Jo Merrill (Fulton); Andrew Heintz (Central Square); Sarah Powell (Hannibal); Nathaniel Wagner (Oswego); Johnathon Spears (Central Square); Jeremy Kelley (Central Square); Nicholas Gerow (Oswego); and Patrick Welch (Red Creek).

The graduates were honored at the ceremony and recognized for their educational achievements before a large crown of family, friends, guardians, OCB staff members and school district administration.

A special student video presentation was played that featured photos of each graduate in their classroom, clips from a special senior trip, and finally, in their cap and gown.

The video also featured each student with their “my three words” which summarized their thoughts about graduation and their future.

OCB’s District Superintendent Christopher Todd called the day, “an unbelievable and awesome celebration of success.”

In addressing the audience, he said, the graduation ceremony represented, “a testament of not only what teachers and parents do, but the incredible effort put forth by these young men and women.” To the parents, staff members and other audience members he said, “While our efforts have enriched their (pointing to the graduates) lives, I can tell by the looks in your eyes, they have enriched yours far more than they will ever know.”

Jim Huber, Director of Special Education, told the audience if he had to describe this year’s graduating class in one word, it would be diverse, beginning with height.

Graduate Nate Wagner stands flat-footed as Director of Special Education Jim Huber jumps to give him a “high five” during Oswego County BOCES’ special education graduation ceremony at the school.

“There is more than one foot separating them, thanks in large part to our 6’8” graduate Nate Wagner,” he said.

At this time, Mr. Huber left the podium and approached Wagner, who stood flat-footed while Huber leaped as high as he could in order to “high-five” the graduate. The entire room erupted in laughter, especially the graduates.

Diversity extended to the diplomas awarded which spanned from Regents Diplomas to Independent Educational Plan (IEP) Diplomas and General Education Diplomas (GED).

Following Mr. Huber, the graduates took their turn at the podium where they thanked the many who contributed to their success, and reflected on their time at OCB.

Members of the students’ home school districts presented each graduate with their diploma.

At the close of the ceremony, Mr. Huber asked each graduate to move their tassel and then introduced to the audience the Graduates of the Class of 2012. A reception was held following the ceremony for the graduates and their guests.

Clifford Wood, Central Square, is all smiles as he leaves the podium area following his graduation speech.