Nearly every seat in the Fredonia High School Auditorium was occupied for the Philip J. LoGuidice Educational Center Commencement Ceremony, part of Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES.
“LoGuidice and BOCES are about students and student success,” said Jaime Venning, principal of the LoGuidice educational center during BOCES’ graduation ceremony.
After making an apology for the heat, Venning gave a brief speech about the graduates he was principal of for the last two years. A few students gave speeches to the chockablock audience of over 150 students.
Automotive technology graduate Samantha Dawson, was the first student speaker. She gave big thank you to all her teachers in a speech about the importance of learning to make a living. “I learned more in auto class than I ever learned in school,” said Dawson.
Outstanding student awards were presented as well as scholarships.
Speeches were also given by Deanna Herrmann, Kimberly Joy-Pacos and Ashley Pognant.
E2CCB is a vocational school that trains students from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie 2 districts in automotive technology and body repair, computer aided drawing and design, construction technology, conservation, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, welding/metal fabrication and health careers.
To graduate, all students must have successfully completed their two year curriculum in their respective programs. Mostly high school aged kids and a few adults received a technical endorsement on their Regents diploma and are prepared for post-secondary education or work experience in their field of training.
LoGuidice is a member of the NYS School Board, the National School Board, the Chautauqua County School Board and the Erie County Association of School boards. They train their students to NYS and National BOCES standards and will be offering summer classes.
Deeanna Herrmann gives a speech at the BOCES Commencement Ceremony.