DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Seniors at Dobbs Ferry High School walked near the village waterfront on a recent Saturday, prepared to step into the future.
The high school's 115th Commencement Ceremony, which celebrated the class of 2016's achievements in the past four years, began with comments from Principal John Falino.
"Without question, this is a senior class that has already accomplished a tremendous amount," he said, noting successes by students in multiple areas including science, theater, the visual arts, athletics and community service.
Falino continued, "But graduates ... what is most important for you to realize is that your legacy, both individually and that of this entire class, will be defined by what you do from here.
"It will be defined by how you choose to apply your Dobbs Ferry High School education to greater accomplishments beyond the walls of our high school."
The commencement featured performances by student groups as well as faculty reflections on the graduating class.
Class Valadictorian Sofia Checa and class Salutatorian Josephine Weidner also addressed the crowd.
"Now is a time to pause and internalize where we are in our lives," said Checa, who plans to attend Yale University in the fall. "(It's a time) to look back and be thankful and to look forward and be excited about our futures."