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Sachem North Graduates Class of 2012

Parents, community survive the raindrops to see hat-toss.

officially graduated more than 500 seniors Friday night in a ceremony that refused to become dampened by rain.

"Tonight we are Sachem," North Principal John Dolan said. "And we're not gonna let a little rain stop Sachem."

Sen. Charles Schumer delivered the opening address, telling the senior class a humorous story about the time he skipped out on a study abroad program to be with a girl who subsequently "dumped [him] by Labor Day." He warned the graduating class to seize every opportunity presented.

Valedictorian  spoke to the class, as well as class President Erin McNulty.

Patch will have those speeches and much more coverage in the days to come. In the meantime, scroll through the gallery of pictures, courtesy of Chris Vaccaro, Sachem Schools.

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Larry June 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Nope! I agree with Angry Parent (which I am as well) Going forward coupled with keeping us all in limbo until 5:45 was inexcusable. Look at Friday! Rain as predicted! Parents, seeing how "obviously" the ceremony would be delayed, started making other plans, including buying tickets for shows, like ourselves. Look at Saturday and Sunday! Beautiful weather as predicted. It was great to see the ceremonies, and of COURSE it was still a happy occasion, but the memory of the night is forever marred by the weather, and it was so TOTALLY AVOIDABLE. My wife was physically shivering, and we had to leave. This was bad enough, but then to see how GORGEOUS Saturday and Sunday were..... it got me upset all over again. It really DOES make people wonder why it was SO IMPORTANT to be Friday night, when the weather predictions were spot on. Dozens of us saw that lightning bolt almost directl overhead. Had the ceremony been held on Saturday it would have been SPECTACULAR! Who was it that had such important weekend plans? Speak up! (you won't though...) Feh.
Stop complaining June 24, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I enjoyed myself.
Extremely disappointed June 25, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Seriously? Weather is unpredicatable? The forecasters were spot on with this one. All week long they were calling for rain beginning early evening Friday. We watched patiently all week hoping the forecast would change, but it never did. Right up until 6pm Friday all of the weather reports were calling for another band of storms to come through, with potentially serious lightning and downpours. I cannot imagine the reasoning to proceed when there were clear contingency plans announced for both Saturday and Sunday. The reading of the graduates names was so rushed you could barely understand some of them. Many did not even stop to have their picture taken as they received diplomas. People began leaving in droves before the caps were tossed into the rain. There will be hardly any photographic memories of this event. I would like to ask any who have any decent photos to upload them here so that we can preserve the graduation as best as possible. It was a highly anticipated moment in time that cannot be recaptured.
Tracy Brennan June 26, 2012 at 09:28 AM
I believe it is not a good idea to have an evening graduation in late June. There will always be the possibility of severe thunder storms. Sachem has tried 2 Friday night graduations (East 2011 & North 2012). It has rained for both. It is time for them to go back to holding both graduations on Saturday morning. It worked for six years. It wasn't broke, they should not have "fixed" it. North's graduation should take place on the hill, where every other North graduation has taken place, except the class of 2012. The kids got cheated as did the parents.
Angry Parent June 26, 2012 at 06:53 PM
So who do you think made this decision, if I'm not allowed to blame the board/administrators. Would a weatherman tell you it's safe to be in an open field and metal stands with a severe thunderstorm warning in effect. If you believe that, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you. Guts???? Stupidity perhaps, guts, no way. It's quite obvious that someone(s) in the administration would have been a bit inconvenience on Saturday morning having to go to both graduations and they simply decided to not do that to themselves. Oh, and by the way, I was totally happy to attend and had a great time (despite what you think), and was extremely proud of my son and all the graduates. I just hate stupidity in case you couldn't tell.

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