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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Fitzgerald Family June 23, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Congratulations to all the graduates from Sachem North!!! Much success and happiness to you all! ( Aside...after a decade of hearing the same exact speech, it would be nice to hear a new speech from the Senator.)
Extremely disappointed June 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Too bad North got screwed with a graduation rain-out. All week long the weather forecast called for rain Friday evening and stayed the same right up until graduation. It was a no-brainer that the event should have been rescheduled. There were contingency plans in place for rain...why weren't they used? After 12 years we got a huge disappointment, no graduation pictures, no goodbyes. Thanks a lot Sachem.
Angry Parent June 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Congratulations to all the Sachem North Graduates!!! You deserved a better graduation ceremony than the one the Sachem board allowed to happen. What school board in their right mind would allow 500+ student to sit in an open field, and put 1000+ people in metal stands when there is a "severe thunderstorm warning" in affect till 9 pm? Forget about them being in contact with the weather department. Every TV, radio and internet report showed severe storms and the pending doom, but they chose to put everyone at risk and keep us all in limbo till 6pm. I'd like to believe that the real reason this happened was because someone on the board had something to do this weekend, not that they were so careless and inconsiderate, but I have my doubts, you should too. It's a shame that all the kids missed out on the after graduation conversations, pictures, and goodbyes. All the parents missed out on pictures with their kids, families and friends in their caps and gowns. The students and their parents put too much hard work into 12 years of schooling for this to happen, especially when the weather forecast for the entire rest of the weekend was supposed to be beautiful, which leads me back to.........why the real reason this happened was. To the board members who read this..........Too late for apologies, but one is certainly require, maybe perhaps with the real reason, not the weather department one.
Stop complaining June 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Dear angry parent, This is patch not unspun. There was no board of education conspiracy. Granted the event was rushed but I saw many many students and parents taking pictures outside and inside. Smiles were all over the place Friday night, maybe yours was marred by this agenda you have against the board of education instead of focusing on what was really important. Weather is unpredictable. I know many would be joining in the anger if the event was cancelled at 6pm and moved to Saturday afternoon in the blistering heat you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. This was not the best of circumstances, agreed, but blaming people on the board or administration is wrong.... Unless the board presidents name is al roker. Thank you sachem for having the guts to do the best job you possibly can giving the circumstances.
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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