Clinton officials, families and community gather to honor class of 2022


On Saturday, June 18, Clinton Central School held its 91st commencement in the district performing arts center.

Among sentiments expressed during speeches, class members weighed in on the importance of community ties in the shaping of their character.

Valedictorian Jason Rivera noted the power that caring has on making a life impact and went on to say that it’s the little things that make a big difference.

In remarks by district Board of Education President Melinda Leising, it was noted that the class of 2022 is another year of graduates who overcame challenges of alternative learning settings in order to get their diploma. 

To the Clinton class, Leising said, “you have shown remarkable perseverance in adapting to challenges.”

Salutatorian Leah Borton also thanked the Clinton community for pulling together to ensure students’ success, and said to her fellow graduates that no matter where life takes them in the future, there will always be a shared bond from growing up in Clinton.

In her address, Lauren Chesebro — the class speaker — added, “There are moments that won’t be forgotten … Clinton will always be a place you call home.”

Class of 2022 around the Mohawk Valley region

So far this graduation season, Notre Dame Junior Senior high school held their commencement on June 10.

Camden Senior High School, Holland Patent Central School, Westmoreland High School and New York Mills Junior-Senior High School held their commencements on June 17.

In addition to Clinton, Waterville and Whitesboro graduates walked the stage on Saturday, June 18.

Looking to this coming weekend, there will be the lion’s share of the area’s remaining graduations with Utica’s Thomas R. Proctor High School on
Saturday, June 24 and Rome Free Academy and Oneida Senior High School on Saturday, June 25.

Graduation season comes to a close on Sunday, June 26 with Frankfort-Schuyler Central.

Daily Sentinel coverage

Photo galleries can be seen online at: Also, find Daily Sentinel graduation coverage on social media with #UR2022Grads, and there will be a Class of 2022 special section appearing in the June 30 edition of the Daily Sentinel.

See a Daily Sentinel photo gallery here:,136483


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