Seabreeze principal Tucker Harris presided over his first commencement ceremony of the community’s beloved Sandcrabs on Friday, June 2. It was his first high school graduation in the chief position — ever.
“As you know, I sat in the same seat you are sitting in close to 30 years ago, never imagining at that time I would be up here as the principal of the greatest high school,” he said. “Now I stand at this podium with an extremely rapid heart rate hoping not to ruin your ceremony with a terrible speech. And if for some reason this speech isn’t good, I’m going to use the following excuse one last time — this is my first year as a high school principal.”
Tomorrow you start the next chapter of your amazing life and leave the sandbar of Seabreeze High. It is now time to head to deeper water. Thank you so much, Class of 2023. My fellow Sandcrabs, I wish you all peace and happiness. Don’t you ever forget — once a Sandcrab, always a Sandcrab."
—TUCKER HARRIS, Seabreeze High School principal
Tucker went on to tout the graduates for their accomplishments, citing the over 32,000 hours of community service amassed during their tenure and a graduation rate approaching 93%. Seabreeze students also garnered $6 million in scholarships, had two national merit scholarship finalists and one national Hispanic scholar. Eleven graduates enlisted in the armed forces, 11 student athletes signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level while 11 were dual enrolled at Dayton State College.
The “proud principal” went on to brag about Seabreeze athletics, stating it had the highest GPA in Volusia County schools and was ranked 16th out of 600 schools in Florida.
“Tomorrow, you start the next chapter of your amazing life and leave the sandbar of Seabreeze High,” he said. “It is now time to head to deeper water. Thank you so much, Class of 2023. My fellow Sandcrabs, I wish you all peace and happiness. Don’t you ever forget — once a Sandcrab, always a Sandcrab.”