Class of 2012 Graduates in Shortened Ceremony on Friday

Lindenhurst High School graduation festivities cut short by thunderstorm, but not before Bulldogs receive their diplomas on June 22.

Afternoon thunderstorms to postpone or push back the graduation ceremony on Friday night.

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However, the skies cleared enough to allow the Class of 2012 to file onto the field on time on for a 6:30 p.m. ceremony that would be cut short by another set of storms.

The ' Buildings and Grounds crew wiped everything down to be ready for the excited friends and family that soon populated the bleachers to watch their sons and daughters turn from to graduates.

The skies stayed ominous, with a breeze blowing across the field.

welcomed everyone to the graduation ceremony following the Class of 2012's entrance to Pomp and Circumstance and the graduating seniors choral performance of the National Anthem.

Giordano drew applause when he informed the crowd the ceremony would be abbreviated due to weather reports calling for more scattered thunderstorms.

Principal's Advice
He congratulated the class, and told them to choose a path in life they love.

"Choose what you love to do, then it'll never be work," the principal said, adding, "Remember in life it's not always about the people with the most credentials, money or awards; it's about the people who love, help and support you...and what people remember the most is how you make them feel."

He continued, "I wish you the happiness of a productive life, the respect of your fellow human beings and the love of your families."

The diplomas were handed out next to the several hundred students that made up this year's class, and just after was supposed to speak, the first two claps of thunder broke out to oohs and laughter from the audience.

Pride of Lindenhurst
The Student Award was then given to , who also presented the class gift to the school: The purchase of a new curtain for the LHS auditorium.

Rain drops after that soon signaled the acceleration of the festivities to the ceremonial moving of the tassel to officially signify graduation. And as the crowd cheered and new grads threw their caps in the air, everyone began filing out quickly.

Giordano concluded the ceremony by noting the speeches of Valedictorian , Salutatorian , Class President Kayla Erb and Student Council President Toniann Riselvato would be posted on the district's website in lieu of their presentation.

(Click to read about the students' second chance to give the speeches.)


Editor's Note: Stay "tuned" to Lindenhurst Patch for more graduation coverage and highlights this weekend. And be sure to your Class of 2012 moments by clicking the upload button here and in this gallery . You could also e-mail barbara.loehr@patch.com, and log onto Lindenhurst Patch's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Johnny June 25, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Not only put people in danger, but kept pushing on with introductions after the first and second time lightning appeared in the sky. It wasn't until the third time that he called an end to it. He should have taken the cue from Peter King. As the congressman was about a sentence or two into his speech, the first lightning was seen. I believe his next words were, "That's it, I'm finished."
Gina June 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM
As the mother of the one kid who actually go to say anything, although shortened, I'm sure you feel that way. I wonder if you would have the same opinion if CJ didn't get to get up and get his recognition. I doubt. it.But imagine being Mrs. Rinaldi or Mrs. Kelly and not getting to see your child, the valedictorian or salutatorian, get that honor. From what I understand both sets of families, and the kids, were very upset, and rightfully so. It was a moment in time that was stolen from them by a poor decision. And as far as the "plans" for Saturday. Anyone who made plans made them by taking a chance. I scheduled nothing for Saturday, and had my party Sunday. When there is a rain date, you shouldn't schedule anything for the rain date. Plain and simple.
John June 26, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Board of Education President Edward Murphy gave a political speech about passing a budget and voting for Board of Education members who had children graduating but couldn't take the time to recognize the outstanding students who should have been giving their speeches, Valedictorian John Rinaldi, Salutatorian Raymond Kelly and Class President Kayla Erb. Mr. Murphy should have had enough common sense and decency to just sit down and let those students speak. His actions made it clear that its not about the students its about the Board of Education. The actions the Lindenhurst School District took in handling this graduation ceremony was a disgrace. Those 3 students were not even recognized for their outstanding achievements until the students and families were leaving the field because of the storms. The recognition of their achievements was an afterthought of ,we will post their speeches on the district website. As of today those speeches are still not posted.
Laura Chapter June 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM
The students have been invited to attend Wednesday board of Ed meeting to give their speeches. Lets all pass the word to attend the meeting atthe McKenna building.
Barbara D. June 28, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Anyone who did not attend the 2012 graduating class speeches given tonight at the Board of Ed meeting missed an inspiring event. To see these students both embrace everything positive they have experienced, and to also publically and respectfully acknowledge a huge, preventable, injustice, shows what fine young adults they have become. THAT is Lindy Pride. Congratulations again!


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