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Scholastic Success

 July 1, 2010; Updated: 4:09 pm

As Assistant Principal Sean McKenna was midway through introducing former Congressman Rob Simmons during Friday night's graduation ceremony at Fitch High School, Simmons cut him off.

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Good Things Are Happening

 July 1, 2010; Updated: 11:29 am

I recently attended the graduation ceremonies of East Haven High School. I went there in the role of proud husband as my wife Jacqueline, an English teacher at the school, was the main speaker-and her speech did make me proud.

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Life after High School

 June 29, 2010; Updated: 6:29 am

Back in September, I made a list of the assumptions my 7-year-old self had about life as a senior in high school. As you remember, they were based on my addiction to '90s teen TV dramadies. But, now that I think about it,...

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Grads are in a class by themselves

 June 28, 2010; Updated: 11:32 am

When people hear that Sydney Streimer and Andrea Grader take a ferry to and from school every day, they always have a lot of questions. Like, "Is it cold?" "I think they think it's like a rowboat," Grader said with a laugh.

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Local residents finish basic training

 June 28, 2010; Updated: 11:51 am

Several people with local ties have graduated from military training.

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Submarine Museum seeks volunteers

 June 28, 2010; Updated: 11:50 am

The Submarine Force Library and Museum needs docents. The program is coordinated by the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. Groton Base. Docents are individuals who are trained to further the public's understanding of the historical collections of an...

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College graduates from this area

 June 28, 2010; Updated: 11:33 am

Indiana Wesleyan University:Pammy Patton, New LondonAnna Maria College:

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Graduates win Ledyard's 'amazing race'

 June 24, 2010; Updated: 12:34 pm

Ledyard - Only a third of the members of the Ledyard High School Class of 2010 started together 12 years ago, but Principal Louis Gabordi remarked on how much they seem connected.

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Commencement 2010

 June 24, 2010; Updated: 12:33 pm

Coverage of the 2010 graduations from around the region.

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Griswold grads urged to make their mark

 June 22, 2010; Updated: 8:45 am

The 170 members of the Class of 2010 were encouraged to reflect on their careers at Griswold High, but not dwell on the memories - there are too many more to make.

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Stonington High School grads ready to embark on life's journey

 June 22, 2010; Updated: 8:44 am

Retiring guidance counselor Lillian DeSimone told the 185 seniors who graduated from Stonington High School Monday night that life is like traveling: it's important to pack a suitcase with the things that will be needed along the way.

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Marching Orders

 June 20, 2010; Updated: 9:27 am

Something happened Friday night that happens once every few years, probably never hits the radar of the vast majority of the residents of southeastern Connecticut, yet taxes the resources of your local paper as much as any major disaster...

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The world awaits Fitch High grads

 June 19, 2010; Updated: 9:09 pm

Groton - As Assistant Principal Sean McKenna was midway through introducing former Congressman Rob Simmons during Friday night's graduation ceremony at Fitch High School, Simmons cut him off.

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Tissues, hugs and memories fill final day at 3 Norwich schools

 June 19, 2010; Updated: 9:06 pm

When the bell rang Friday to mark the end of the school year, it signaled a permanent change in the education landscape for Norwich.

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East Lyme grads prepare to step out into the world

 June 19, 2010; Updated: 2:34 am

East Lyme - Senior Laureate Rose Carver used shoes to describe and talk about the Class of 2010 at East Lyme High School.

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OS grads help less fortunate in Haiti with $10,000 gift

 June 19, 2010; Updated: 11:41 am

Old Saybrook - A guest's visit to Old Saybrook High School in February made a lasting impact on the 122 students that made up the Class of 2010.

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Years at NFA allow grads to find their 'personal identities'

 June 19, 2010; Updated: 9:11 pm

Norwich - Class speaker Hunter Kodama likened the Class of 2010's quick tenure at Norwich Free Academy to the cloudburst rainstorm he experienced on his way home a week ago.

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What's that roar? A loud tribute to NLHS grads

 June 19, 2010; Updated: 9:10 pm

New London - New London High School Principal William "Tommy" Thompson III had a few words of advice for the hundreds of family and friends who gathered on the Coast Guard Academy football field bleachers Friday night...

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Wheeler grads mark end of years together

 June 19, 2010; Updated: 2:39 am

North Stonington - Graduations can be an emotional experience for a small community like Wheeler High School, especially when, as class President Rebecca D'Angelo put it, many of the students have been together since...

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NFA Class of 2010 graduates 546

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 9:39 pm

Speaker Hunter Kodama likened his class' tenure at NFA to a cloudburst. “NFA has been that cleansing rainstorm,” he said, “washing away our dirty covering and exposing each of our own personal identities and unique beauty...

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East Lyme graduates "all walking the same path"

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 8:53 pm

East Lyme — Senior Laureate Rose Carver used shoes to describe and talk about the Class of 2010 at East Lyme High School.

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Loud and proud at New London graduation

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 8:28 pm

At the first sight of green caps and gowns approaching the end zone, a roar went up, accompanied by bells and air horns, and did not stop until all 156 graduates were standing at their seats.

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Waterford grads look back a final time before facing future

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 11:05 am

Waterford - In her farewell address at the 51st Waterford High School commencement Thursday, valedictorian Hannah Schenk took stock of key events in the Class of 2010's final year at the school.

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For OIC grads, never too late to learn

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 6:31 am

New London - Neither personal hardships, nor full-time jobs nor a lack of air conditioning could keep the graduates of Opportunities Industrialization Center of New London County from celebrating their accomplishments...

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Fitch graduates told to hold onto memories, experiences

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 1:39 pm

Valedictorian John Pothier said he wanted to give a speech about the memories and experiences of high school, not one filled with platitudes and inspirational quotations.

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No sadness but anticipation for the future at Wheeler

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 10:27 pm

North Stonington — Graduations can be an emotional experience for a small community like Wheeler High School, especially when, as class President Rebecca D'Angelo put it, many of the students have been together since before...

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Gratitude, lots of pride on display at Montville

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 6:30 am

Montville - Puffy clouds filled the sky and puffed-out chests of proud supporters parents, relatives and friends of 224 graduates filled the bleachers Thursday at Montville High School during the school's 47th...

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Old Saybrook Grads Announce Haiti Rebuilding Gift

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 11:42 am

Old Saybrook — A guest's visit to Old Saybrook High School in February made a lasting impact on the 122 students that made up the Class of 2010.

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Best graduation -- EVER

 June 18, 2010; Updated: 9:08 pm

New London High School Principal Tommy Thompson told hundreds of friends and family of the 2010 graduating class Friday to cheer their hearts out for the 156 seniors.

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A Picture-Perfect Graduation Day

 June 17, 2010; Updated: 12:35 pm

PHOTO GALLERY Beneath optimistic blue skies, the Branford High School (BHS) Class of 2010 starred at a picture-perfect graduation ceremony June 15 on the Town Green. The Class of 2010, dressed in traditional caps and...

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15 graduate at Thames River Academy

 June 17, 2010; Updated: 4:06 pm

Norwich - The members of the Class of 2010 - the largest class Thames River Academy has seen in the past 15 years - are all destined to become leaders in society, Principal Edward Derr said Wednesday at the school's...

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Norwich Tech grads adjust to new

 June 16, 2010; Updated: 3:39 am

If the future for the 2010 graduates from Norwich Regional Technical High School is as bright as the building in which they spent their last three semesters, they will turn out to be 93 very successful Americans.

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Fair skies greet Class of 2010 at Lyme-Old Lyme

 June 16, 2010; Updated: 12:20 pm

It was only fitting that the graduation ceremony at Lyme-Old Lyme High School should happen on the first nice day in almost a week. After all, as principal James Wygonik said, the blue-and-white sky, reflecting the school's colors, proves that God...

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Thames River senior graduating with a plan

 June 16, 2010; Updated: 11:32 am

At nearly 18 years old, Samantha Plympton has at least the next few years of her life planned out. She'll graduate from Thames River Academy this evening. She'll turn 18 on June 25. And days later she'll take a national exam to become certified as a...

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Norwich student police academy graduates 18 middle schoolers

 June 15, 2010; Updated: 3:16 am

Asked to comment on the benefits of the middle school Student Police Academy and city police, school officials, parents and students alike had a difficult time separating the popular program from the equally successful middle school police resource...

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Faith, hard work help Fitch student rise above tough times

 June 15, 2010; Updated: 11:20 am

Starting high school is hard enough. It's even tougher when you're a student like Diego Andrianzen, who moved to Groton from Peru ahead of freshman year.

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Teen regains footing after Haitian quake shook his life

 June 14, 2010; Updated: 11:21 am

Norwich Free Academy senior Jerry Dauphin was the "bad boy" on May 18, corrupting a recent Haitian immigrant girl, distracting her from schoolwork, getting her pregnant and even infecting her with HIV.

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Stonington senior worked his way back from streets

 June 13, 2010; Updated: 11:22 am

As a little kid, Stonington High School senior Wes Gordon remembers, he tagged along with his mother when she went to crack houses to use drugs.

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Whaler pride will shine at Academy

 June 13, 2010; Updated: 4:23 am

This is how 2010 senior class president Juanita Austin explains New London High School's typical graduation ceremonies: "They're always loud, we're a very spirited community; and the auditorium, it's always packed, because everyone brings a lot of...

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EL senior looks to firefighting career after tour as volunteer

 June 12, 2010; Updated: 11:22 am

East Lyme — Dependable is the one word Flanders Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Levandoski would use to describe fellow firefighter Tom Redden.

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New London senior a team player ready to turn winning ways to nursing

 June 11, 2010; Updated: 11:33 am

New London - Camille Williams doesn't mind slasher films. She knows it's all fake. In fact, it was going to gory movies that helped her realize she might like a career in the medical field.

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Fond farewells carry more meaning as last St. Joseph graduation nears

 June 11, 2010; Updated: 11:24 am

Norwich - Annual traditions at St. Joseph School on Cliff Street took on new tones this week as students joked with one another over ice cream and then solemnly prepared for today's emotional final graduation in the...

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Advice to seniors: Keep fire of youth

 June 10, 2010; Updated: 9:16 am

New London - English teacher John Becker recalled his own high school experience for graduating seniors of The Williams School Wednesday.

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Old Saybrook senior puts talent, dedication into a passion for art

 June 10, 2010; Updated: 11:29 am

Old Saybrook - For some students, art class is a fun distraction from the daily drudgery of academics, one of the few places they can put away their books and get a little creative.

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Rising Above Adversity

 June 10, 2010; Updated: 1:05 pm

As a little kid, Stonington High School senior Wes Gordon remembers tagging along with his mother when she went to crack houses to use drugs.

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Once she couldn't talk; now she can't stop

 June 9, 2010; Updated: 11:35 am

Lindsay Giroux has a lot to say. Seriously. She's quite a talker. The 18-year-old Montville High School senior talks about her school work, about her work-study internship in the radiology department at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich and...

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Academy's cordial offer

 June 8, 2010; Updated: 4:52 am

We're wishing the New London High School Class of 2010 exquisite graduation-day weather on June 18, one of those 10 best days of the year that weathermen sometimes boast about.

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Senior wants to make a difference in pediatrics

 June 8, 2010; Updated: 11:37 am

While many of her peers were enjoying their summer vacation, Meredith Milligan spent the break between her junior and senior year doing something more unusual: dissecting sheep and rat brains.

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Waterford senior knows what it means to 'fight it out'

 June 7, 2010; Updated: 11:38 am

On graduation day later this month, Tyler Dyer will walk with the Class of 2010, three years after it was doubtful he would be able to walk at all.

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Griswold senior finds her life's purpose on farm

 June 6, 2010; Updated: 11:39 am

Standing at a fence just off the dirt road running down the middle of her family's farm in Lisbon, Nicole Cloutier rubs the nose of a young calf sticking its head between the wooden slats.

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Photo galleries

Graduation photos from The Day make a great memento or gift. Use the "Buy Photo" links in the galleries below to purchase a keepsake version of the image.

Share your photos

Hear that? Somewhere, a band is playing "Pomp and Circumstance," because somewhere, someone is graduating. We want your favorite photo of your graduate.

E-mail an attached j-peg photo, with everyone in the picture identified, your name and town, to e.bass@theday.com. Some of the photos will be published in Daybreak on June 28, and all the photos will be available in a gallery on theday.com.

Or you can upload a whole gallery of graduation photos to your town page at www.Zip06.com.