Fairfield Warde High School paid special tribute to two people at the school’s 11th annual commencement Wednesday evening.

Graduates and teachers wore white ribbons on their black gowns to support Lee Faiga, a 19-year-old member of Warde’s Class of 2015 seriously injured in a May 27 accident near the high school. Headmaster James Coyne said Faiga and her family would be presented her diploma this summer. “Lee continues to recuperate from her injuries and we will present the diploma to her and her parents later this summer,” Coyne told the audience, some of whom also wore white ribbons.

Coyne, who is retiring after 11 years at the helm of the Melville Avenue high school, received an honorary diploma from the Board of Education and Warde’s faculty and administration. Graduates during and after the ceremony praised Coyne for promoting and embodying the acronym drawn from the Warde name — Welcoming, Academic, Respectful, Dynamic and Ethical.

Zachery Weinstein, who delivered the Class of 2015 address, said Coyne had done “an unbelievable job during his tenure here at Fairfield Warde,” and valedictorian Jennifer Zhang said Coyne was a “stoic-faced man,” but had a dry sense of humor that she found to be hilarious. Salutatorian Virginie Larouche said Coyne had done such a good job in promoting the values represented by the Warde acronym’s values that she could think of no better adjectives to describe the school.

Jennyfer Julca, heading to the University of Connecticut, said after the ceremony that she interviewed Coyne for an assignment in a journalism class and would remember the school acronym. “It’s something Mr. Coyne has really made us all remember,” she said. “I’m going to miss him.”

Thomas Solari, who’s heading to Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., said after the ceremony that Coyne was able to help him gain academic credits for taking music production classes in New York City. “He was pretty generous to me. He let me go into the city to take music classes,” Solari said. “He dealt with a lot of kids. It’s a big school and he did very well.”

Rachel Rival, who will attend the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, said after the ceremony that Coyne was “a great headmaster.”

“The way that he spoke in front of crowds was great, and his sense of humor always made me smile,” she said.

Coyne said he had asked graduates in September to set a standard and model the school’s core values as identified in its acronym. “You did this and more in a way that, tonight, makes us exceedingly proud of the Class of 2015,” he said.

Samantha Ferleger, who delivered the welcome address, thanked Warde’s faculty for its hard work and dedication over the past four years. “Few people have impacted our lives more,” she said. Ferleger also thanked the graduates’ families for their love and support.

Weinstein said many graduates would most remember times they spent with friends. He recalled a trip he and fellow Warde baseball players made to Krispy Kreme at Mohegan Sun and said he wouldn’t remember the casino’s flashing lights or the doughnuts. “It was time spent with my teammates driving down the highway that will always have a lasting impact,” he said.

Max Snapper, who played linebacker and fullback on Warde’s football team and who is heading to Michigan State University, said he would miss the camaraderie of his teammates. “We were just like a family and I’m going to miss that,” he said.

Rival said she would most miss Warde’s teachers. “They cared so much about their students on an individual basis and I think that’s really unique about Warde,” she said.

Zhang compared the lives of graduates at Warde to “connect-the-dot” puzzles they had worked on as kids, saying each graduate had a unique puzzle and had connected dots representing events and experiences in their own way. “Now is the time to focus on dots of the future,” she said. “Life presents you with dots and it’s up to you to connect them and make them really meaningful.”

Larouche said Warde’s 2015 graduates all have promising futures. “What a wonderful thought that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet,” she said. “The best is yet to come.”

Wednesday’s ceremony, held outside in the school’s courtyard, was not without suspense. Before Coyne began to read the names of Warde’s 312 graduates, he alluded to the darkening skies and wind. “I don’t know if you know there’s a weather app,” he said to the audience. “We’re looking at 7:07.”

Promisingly, the ceremony ended about 7 p.m. — and the rain never came.