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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€” In a warm, heartfelt ceremony that showcased the talents of its diverse membership, nearly 370 Coventry High School seniors graduated on Saturday, June 7.
Held at the spacious Thomas Ryan Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, thousands came to cheer their own. It was the most human of commencement exercises, yet it was efficiently pulled off by the numbers.
And what numbers! This was the 80th C.H.S. annual graduation showcasing 368 graduates, 22 of them given the prestigious annual Oaker Awards by Principal Michael Hogan, audience members, comprised of enthusiastic family and friends, filling two-thirds of the concrete-floored basketball arena, too numerous to count.
Weather conditions outside were ideal, sunny and 77 degrees, but graduates adorned in shiny red-and-white-cap-and-gowns appreciated the cool air conditioning inside.
Dress codes were observed, but nearly two-thirds of the caps were taped resplendently with flowers, stickers, artwork, signs and personal messages, mini histories of teen lives.
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