ROME, N.Y. – A commencement ceremony was held Friday for three students graduating from the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome.
Seniors Nathaniel Hoose, Hunter Ocmand and Harland Oldick donned green caps and gowns while listening to a special message from Assistant Superintendent Kara Shore.
"Lastly I hope you all share the gift of American Sign Language with one other person in your life,” she said. “Maybe a stranger, maybe a friend, either way this will be a gift to those who embrace it. A gift that will last a lifetime. The graduates we are celebrating today I've done this for me so thank you."
Hoose and Ocmand plan to attend Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall for culinary arts and geology, respectively.
Oldick wants to go enter the workforce in landscaping, construction or fixing houses.