Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes

We’ve all seen the videos of high school seniors dressed to the nines in the parents’ driveways before getting in that limo to go to the prom. But Newsday decided to turn the camera on Long Island parents to capture their emotions during this rite of passage. In the process we found one parent who feels blessed she’s still here to see her child off to the prom, and another dealing with the mixed emotions of going to the prom with a special-needs daughter. We even found one parent who realized that when it comes to the magic of prom night, age is nothing but a number. Click on the pictures below to view the videos. Hashtag your prom photos #LIProms on Twitter and Instagram, and you may see them on And if you have a Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes story that you think we should know about, email

Gina Gardner and Roosevelt Gardner Jr. Caroline Samuels Christine Box Daria and David Lamb Yvonne and Timothy Jackson Naz Ahdieh Michele O'Brien Cherie Hughes Marie Maurice Lisandro and Mariluz Irizarry

Designer: Matthew Cassella Producer: Joshua Stewart Video: Tara Conry, Jennifer A. Uihlein, Brittany Wait