SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The rain that fell Thursday moved the Edgemont High School graduation inside the gymnasium, but didnt cool down the excitement.
For the 55th year in its history, Edgemont students marched and received their diplomas in front of their proud relatives. Wearing bright gowns of Edgemont blue, women carried a red rose and men displayed a white boutonniere.
The speeches were solemn and rich in analogies. Principal Barry Friedman told the story of his own father, a World War II veteran who was wounded in the D-day and, once recovered, chose to rejoin his comrades. At the end he exhorted the class to find their own hero, their passion and their opportunity to influence others in a positive way.
Lift someone up and set them on their way, he said.
Justin Arnold, one of the two class speakers, talked about opening doors as an image of the experiences that lay ahead.
It was time for students to relish their accomplishments. The family of Sara Eiferman, for example, was not shy about listing hers.
She worked hard for it, said her uncle Samuel, who came all the way from California.
Her father Barry mentioned an internship; her mother Lamaetha Martin added a prize in a singing contest; her aunt Joyce Satran summed it up: And she is gorgeous, on top of it all.
Eiferman, 18, has been accepted in the University of Southern California, where she will study pre-law.
I wanted a school that was far away, so that I could have new experiences, she said.
So went the Edgemont graduation, a ceremony like many others and yet unique as the stories of each of the 144 students who, throwing their caps in the air, set out to pass through new doors, to the real world, as Arnold said.
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