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New London High's toughness as asset

U.S. Coast Guard Academy English professor and published poet Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez told New London High School graduates they share a toughness because of their upbringing in New London during commencement exercises Friday, June 21, 2013.

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Members of the New London High School Class of 2013 line up in the Leamy Hall ballroom at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to march out to their Commencement Friday, June 21, 2013, in New London.

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Graduate Koral Davis bows to his classmates after being recognized by Superintendent Nicholas Fischer during commencement for the New London High School Class of 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Friday, June 21, 2013, in New London.

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New London High School graduate Caleb Camacho blows kisses to his family in the stands as the Class of 2013 processes onto the field at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Friday, June 21, 2013, in New London.

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New London High School graduate Dominic Cruz reacts as he and classmates process into the stadium for the commencement of the Class of 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Friday, June 21, 2013, in New London.

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Graduate Isaiah Gomez stands as he is recognized by Superintendent Nicholas Fischer during commencement for the New London High School Class of 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Friday, June 21, 2013, in New London.

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Arturo Fareaux gestures to his classmates after receiving his diploma during commencement exercises for the New London High School Class of 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Friday, June 21, 2013, in New London.

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Graduate Debbie Rosario reacts as it is announced that her brother, U.S. Army Sgt. Jose Rosario Correa, will present her with her diploma during commencement for the New London High School Class of 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Friday, June 21, 2013, in New London. Rosario Correa just returned from his second tour in Afghanistan in time for the ceremony.

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Graduate Debbie Rosario reacts as she steps forward to accept her diploma from her brother, U.S. Army Sgt. Jose Rosario Correa, during commencement for the New London High School Class of 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Friday, June 21, 2013, in New London. Rosario Correa just returned from his second tour in Afghanistan in time for the ceremony.

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