Loud and proud at New London graduation

Buy Photo Sean D. Elliot/The Day Members of the New London high school class of 2010 pose for a professional photographer, unseen, prior to the graduation ceremony at the Coast Guard Academy football field Friday, June 18, 2010.

New London -- High School Principal William Tommy Thompson III had a few words of advice for the hundreds of family and friends who gathered on the Coast Guard Academy football field bleachers Friday night for the the 2010 graduation ceremony.

"Audience participation is mandatory,'' he said. "It's imperative our friends in Waterford and across the river in Groton hear us today.''

But the crowd was well ahead of him. At the first sight of green caps and gowns approaching the end zone, a roar went up, accompanied by bells and air horns, and did not stop until all 156 graduates were standing at their seats.

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