Samohi Graduates Silly, Hardworking Class of 2012

Excluding one surprise, tradition and talent mark graduation ceremony for more than 650 Santa Monica High School seniors.

Cloaked in royal blue robes, more than 650  seniors walked—some stepping tentatively in stilettos, others gliding barefoot, a few skipping confidently in Converse—across the stage Thursday at the Memorial Greek Theatre to accept their diplomas.

To the strains of the traditional Pomp and Circumstance march, the students gracefully navigated the steep, outdoor amphitheater steps to reach their seats on stage. Speakers thanked the faculty and their families, as well as the coaches who made them run up and down the theater's steps during the past four years.

"Because of you we didn't fall today," said Senior Class President Spencer Goodman.

In her address, Principal Laurel Fretz said when administrators reference the class of 2012, they use descriptions like "silly," "hardworking" and "sense of community." She told the students they are lucky to have one another.

"But the number one thing to remember is to keep Viking pride in your hearts forever," she told them.

In part, the ceremony was a showcase of talent. Trios of student musicians performed Jack Johnson's Better Together and the Beatles' In My Life. A surprise rap, set to Billy Preston's Nothing From Nothing, especially roused the crowd, which was several thousand strong.

As the school's 158th graduation ceremony concluded, the newly-minted alumni tossed long-stemmed white carnations into the air and exuberantly belted out their school song, the Samohi Hymn of Praise.

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Roselee Packham June 15, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Great pictures. Even though my kids graduated from SAMO more tha 10 years ago, it was such fun to see the current crop of grads.
Stodj June 15, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Videos of the graduation here from dcascio1's channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL61308E2C380B2C69


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