WMHS Class of 2012 Graduates under Gray Skies

Showers hold off.

Would it or wouldn’t it? Rain, that is, for yesterday’s WMHS outdoor graduation?

Except for a few spritzes, it didn’t. 

Members of the Class of 2012 commenced yesterday afternoon at Connolly Memorial Stadium. The band sat inside a covered tent; the graduates, on the field.

The forecast of possible showers didn’t seem to dampen many spirits.

The weather isn’t an issue, according to Susan and John Navarro, who came to see their daughter, Amanda, graduate.

“We’re so proud,” mom said.

Two of Amanda’s aunts came from Cape Cod -- Chatham -- to watch her graduate:  Carole Salines and Dee Flaherty.

Tamara Dolan also came up from the Cape, from Falmouth, with her two sons, Kieran, 3 and Eamonn, 5, to see her niece, Jillian Iannacci graduate.  You could see more blue sky on the Cape, Dolan said.

Trinh Duong held an armful of red roses to give to her sister, Tran Duong.  She also held an umbrella.

“I came prepared,” she said.

Courtney DeMambro, a 2010 graduate of WMHS, came to watch Jenny Auguste and Shawn Jeffers graduate.  Rain postponed DeMambro's graduation, she told Patch, from Sunday to Monday.

“We have umbrellas. We’re good,” she said as she headed to the bleachers.

Rain wouldn’t have affected the family of graduate Gregory Murphy, according to his mother, Karen. They had no outside plans for after the ceremony.

Student speakers at the ceremony included class President Hunter Romano; Salutatorian Soo Lim (Eunice) Park; and co-Valedictorians Laura Standley and Francesca Malvarosa.

Park translated an acronym heard around the school for the audience:  YOLO. It means, “You Only Live Once,” she explained.

Standley wove Harry Potter into her remarks.

Malvarosa reviewed the class’s four years of high school. As freshmen, they learned to take risks, she said, and to have fun. By senior year, she said, they learned ”to be who we are.”

The sun came out while students whose last names start with “D” received their diplomas. Then the sky darkened. After the last graduate received a diploma, the newly-minted alumni tossed their mortarboards into the air.

This year’s graduation was not untouched by rain. High school custodians blew off all the wet bleachers and chairs set out for the ceremony, according to custodian Tom Lamson – and then, just before the ceremony was scheduled to start, it rained again.


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