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[VIDEO] SKHS Celebrates Class of 2012 Graduates

More than 240 graduate during commencement for the South Kingstown High School Class of 2012.

KINGSTON – More than a thousand people poured into the Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island on Friday night to celebrate the 2012 graduating class of South Kingstown High School.

The night was started and ended by principal Robert McCarthy, and enlivened in the middle by musical performances, and speeches from the salutatorian and valedictorian – humor from Richard Wu, sincerity from Erin McAlice.

“Today, at this moment, we’re here to celebrate you and this moment,” McCarthy said. “Savor this twinkling of recognition and success.”

For about 15 minutes of highlights from the ceremony, see the attached video. McAlice’s entire speech is in the package, along with most of Wu’s remarks, the pledge of allegiance and the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

For a program from the event, see the attached PDF. Have your own photos or video to share? Sign into your Patch account, and then use the “add” button!

Salutatorian Richard Wu stole a bit of the show with his speech, which was a humorously about how he was bad at giving speeches. To set the stage in introducing Wu, senior and class historian Sam Agostini shared a story about how Wu once accidentally head-butted another student playing ultimate Frisbee.

“Richard Wu drew first blood that day,” Agostini said.

Wu returned the favor in his own remarks.

“I’m not as smart as Hannah Kelly, or as devilishly handsome as Sam Agostini,” he said, adding that he embraced his weirdness as a way of differentiating himself.

“Now is not the time to set aside our weirdness, it’s time to accept it,” he said.

Other highlights of the event included a performance by the South Kingstown High School band of “Sedona,” and an all-senior performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

Stephen Greenwell (Editor) June 16, 2012 at 03:12 AM
The video is now all set! Thanks for hanging in there, folks.
Sage-RI June 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Great video--thanks for sharing!!!
lisa mcclure June 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Any video of the performance of Landslide? I'm trying to find someone with my son playing guitar and singing it. My video cam died as he walked to the mike. It was a gorgeous performance by all of them.
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Hi Lisa - Unfortunately, my battery was also going at that point, so I had to save some for the valedictorian and the hat toss. You might want to contact the school department though - Most of the graduation ceremonies in the state are taped at this point. (Prout, for example, offers a tape of the whole thing for something like $5 or $10.)

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