SFDS Class of 2020 Gets a Rockaway-Style Graduation


It was a true Rockaway-style graduation. Donning their caps and gown, the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Class of 2020 celebrated their moment with a bike ride and a dip in the Atlantic.

Coronavirus may have derailed their traditional graduation ceremony, but parents were determined to make sure the SFDS Class of 2020 had their day. In an effort organized by parents, the graduating eighth graders hopped on their bikes and rode along Rockaway Beach Boulevard, while proud parents, family members and friends watched and cheered along.

All of the students turned up towards the beach block on Beach 129th and gathered on the beach for the traditional cap toss, before running into the ocean, many while wearing their gowns, marking their accomplishment of graduating elementary school and heading off to high school next year.

Congratulations to the SFDS Class of 2020!

Photos by John Reinhardt.