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Class of 2017 Celebrates their Graduation.

Two VC graduates waiting for the ceremony to begin.

 It was the longest day of the year and the Class of 2017 gathered at the NYISE gymnasium for graduation. They are one of the largest graduating classes in recent memories. Seventeen seniors have grown up under our guidance and now are prepared for a great life and higher education. Four Van Cleve students will move on to other schools and programs prepared to meet new academic challenges.


Our mission statement states that we will provide our students with a caring environment, to awaken and inspire their curiosity, lifelong learning, and fulfillment. We feel that we have met our mission with these students and know that they are ready for a productive future.

Valedictorians Michael Cruz of the Schermerhorn Program and Myeeka Hollington of the Van Cleve Program spoke about how much the school has helped them in their development. The salutatorian Angela Villota also inspired the graduates with her thoughts. The packed house all heard from our guest speaker James Carr, a 4201 Association consultant from Hinman Straub LLC. He spoke about the bright future our graduates are ready to enjoy.

It was joyous and tearful night for all the staff, students, parents that attended. By the time it was over, the students had their diplomas and the NYISE staff was proud to know that we provided them with quality educational programs.

To the graduates we say, start each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for great things.

Three Schermerhorn graduates (Harris, Cruz and Sarai) with Nina hugging