RANDOLPH – The Randolph Academy celebrated its graduates this week.
Dozens of teachers, administrators, board members, family members and classmates cheered on the 17 seniors who received their diplomas, including nine at its Hamburg campus during a ceremony in the early afternoon and eight at its Randolph campus in the early evening. Regents degrees were awarded to 59% of graduates, while 41% obtained local degrees.
Superintendent Lori DeCarlo led Wednesday’s ceremonies, which featured keynote speaker Pete Hill, a Cayuga Nation member and Special Initiatives Coordinator for Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. Hill has worked with NACS for 28 years, having developed successful programs in the areas of youth development, health and wellness promotion, staff and organizational capacity, and the integration of Native American cultural perspectives into the design , program delivery and evaluation.
A seasoned trainer who has delivered hundreds of cultural skills lessons to a wide range of organizations, government agencies and community groups, Hill has been recognized on several occasions for his work in helping the community move beyond impact of historical trauma and related factors that impacted the intergenerational health and vitality of Native Americans. He organized weekly cultural and personal development sessions on the Hamburg campus of the Randolph Academy for two years, making a significant personal investment in these students.
Ninety-four percent of this year’s graduates were day school students, while 6% were residential students served by the district’s New Directions Youth and Family Services partner on its Randolph campus. Thirty-five percent of the class of 21 plan to attend college; 35% intend to pursue business studies; 24% plan to enter the labor market directly; and 6% are still evaluating their options.