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A Special Graduation Ceremony

A Special Graduation Ceremony
By Eugenia Moskowitz

Washingtonville High School principal Brian Connolly presented Cassidy DeLeon with her diploma as she graduated, with her family in attendance, by her mother Elizabeth’s hospital bedside on May 28.

Pomp and Circumstance played as Cassidy walked down the aisle, and Connolly spoke about Cassidy’s family supporting her as she accomplished all of her impressive achievements throughout high school. He then handed Cassidy her Washingtonville High School diploma.

Washingtonville district families praised Connolly for his holding this early graduation for Cassidy’s mother to witness, and district social media sites overflowed with kind words about what he made possible for the DeLeon/Pagan family. A CBS news crew visited the high school on May 30 to speak with Cassidy and Connolly, as what transpired exemplified the spirit that binds Wizard Nation tight.

An “Elizabeth Memorial” Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the family with expenses at this time. The special graduation ceremony can be viewed there.

CAPTION: Washingtonville High School principal Brian Connolly presented graduating senior Cassidy DeLeon with her diploma on May 28. (Photo provided)

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