Farewell and good luck to Eldred’s Class of 2011
As the ceremony commenced to the awarding of diplomas, there was a special graduate being honored. Air force veteran Raymond Reiser, who left the school 57 years ago, was given a diploma after serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Recently, the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs introduced a new Veterans Education Program called "Operation Recognition" to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of veterans who left school before graduating by awarding high school diplomas today. Continuing the family history at ECS, Raymond Reisers’ grand nephew, Patrick Reiser, received his diploma this year as well. In addition, Patrick’s father, Douglas Reiser, currently serves as president of the ECS Board of Education.
The graduation was an emotional celebration for the faculty, staff, and family members who had been through many memorable years with this group of students. The day was filled with high hopes for the students’ futures.