There were plenty of cheers and tears Friday, May 8, as administrators, faculty and staff at St. Anthony’s High School, South Huntington, gathered to pay tribute to the Class of 2020 on Senior Day. The festive event—which featured black and gold balloons, congratulatory signs and high-energy pop music mixed by a DJ—coincided with what would’ve been the final day of classes on campus for the 626 soon-to-be graduates. Seniors and members of their families received a rousing reception while driving through the school parking lot under mostly cloudy skies and intermittent rain. Franciscan Brother David Migliorino, school principal, served as the head cheerleader, clapping, dancing and blowing kisses to the students as they arrived to receive their yearbooks, commencement caps, gowns and honor cords. COVID-19 may have robbed the Class of ’20 of many traditional senior year activities, but the virus didn’t diminish the Friar Spirit that was on display on an emotional day filled with love, gratitude and heartfelt wishes for future success.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz