S.S. Seward Institute principal to graduates: 'Do it and do it well'

| 29 Jun 2017 | 06:57

FLORIDA — There were dire predictions of heavy rain but on Saturday morning, June 24, the weather was near perfect as over 700 guests attended the graduation ceremonies at S.S. Seward Institute in the Village of Florida.
Sixty-five graduates received their high school diplomas that day during the school's 120th commencement.
Although a memorial to Secretary of State William Henry Seward sits at the entrance to the school on Main St., Seward is actually named after Samuel S. Seward, father of the famous Secretary of State, whose $20,000 contribution gave birth to the school in 1846.
After the presentation of special awards and scholarships and prior to receiving their diplomas Principal Michael S. Rheaume addressed the graduates. He urged the graduates to be game changers and offered several examples of what that entails including leadership and compassion.
"Whatever that means to you," he said, "do it and do it well."
The Class of 2017 Salutatorian was Katherine Mazur, who is planning on attending Hunter College in the fall and majoring in either Biology or Psychology.
She plans to continue her education in medical school.
The Valedictorian was Rachel Behrent who will be attending Syracuse University this fall.
She plans on majoring in biology with a minor in psychology and then continuing her education in graduate school.
- Roger Gavan