The 124 members of Penn Yan’s Class of 2017 celebrated their commencement in the academy gymnasium because of rain showers June 23.

The guest speaker at the 159th commencement was Michael Griffiths, a 1972 PYA graduate who has been a teacher at the academy for the past 23 years.

Diplomas were presented by Patrick Reagan, Class of 2017 secretary, Jeffrey Morehouse, Board of Education president; Howard Dennis, superintendent and David Pullen, PYA principal.

Corrinn Cincotta, Class of 2017 president, presented the class after they received their diplomas. She, Marina Coriale, and Maxwell Race addressed the class.