Jun 23, 2017, 10:48 pmJun 24, 2017, 7:58 am

Nyack High School honors memory of classmate during 2017 graduation

Ceremony was initially postponed upon learning of Kailana Koether’s death

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Graduation postponed at Nyack High School after student's death 

Nyack High School paid tribute to one of their seniors who died this week at the school’s commencement ceremony. The school postponed its graduation ceremony to Friday night after students learned about the death on Thursday.

It was a bittersweet occasion for the senior class who graduated without their classmate Kailana Koether, who died on Thursday morning.

"This feels like more of a graduation, but just a coming together of the community as a whole and a mourning as well as a celebration. So, you know, there's just a lot of feeling," said school graduate Indigo Golub.

Students said they learned about Koether's death after the graduation rehearsal on Thursday and worked quickly to honor her with a vigil Thursday night and at Friday's graduation ceremony.

"We’re doing this for her today. We have our K and our ribbon on our gowns to support her family and represent that, you know, she was very important to us," said graduate Shaemalie Franck

There was a moment of silence for koether at the beginning of friday's ceremony. In a packed gym the senior class was all smiles as they continued to pay tribute to their classmate and also celebrate graduating high school.

"As we learned yesterday, never take a day for granted. You know, embrace your loved ones embrace your friends and enjoy life, "said graduate Austin Stellato.

The seniors who had to wait one more day before officially receiving their diploma now look to the future.

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