Generations of Fitch graduates celebrate with 2011 class

Buy Photo Abigail Pheiffer/The Day From left, Austin Jenkins, Patrick Johnson, and Zesha Johnson celebrate at the close of the 81st graduation ceremony at Fitch High School in Groton on Friday, June 17, 2011.

Groton - Even with 40 minutes before graduation, Will Dixon was sporting his cap and gown, in a mad dash back to his car. He had forgotten his tassel.

Inside, Dee Ortiz Rigg was shopping for a spare ticket, to no avail. Students had four tickets and since Cameron Gonzalez's mom, dad, sister and brother were accounted for, Dee was relegated to the gymnasium to watch the proceeding on a video feed.

Such are the machinations when outdoor plans turn outside in.

With 10 minutes to go Ricky Aspinwall, a special needs graduate, relaxed on a quiet room with his mom, dad, brother and grandmother, all Fitch grads.

The young man expressed his excitement with a huge smile, intermittent applause and an occasional high-five, a picture of joyful pride on his face.

Nene Tenety, right, gives a hug to friend Kendal Torr-Brown as the class of 2011 gathers in preparation for the 81st graduation ceremony at Fitch High School in Groton on Friday, June 17, 2011.
Buy Photo Abigail Pheiffer/The Day Nene Tenety, right, gives a hug to friend Kendal Torr-Brown as the class of 2011 gathers in preparation for the 81st graduation ceremony at Fitch High School in Groton on Friday, June 17, 2011.
Emily Thompson, left, and her twin sister, Caroline, second from left, laugh as they try to arrange the tassels on their caps as the class of 2011 congregates in the gym before the 81st graduation ceremony at Fitch High School in Groton on Friday, June 17, 2011.
Buy Photo Abigail Pheiffer/The Day Emily Thompson, left, and her twin sister, Caroline, second from left, laugh as they try to arrange the tassels on their caps as the class of 2011 congregates in the gym before the 81st graduation ceremony at Fitch High School in Groton on Friday, June 17, 2011.
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