Norwich Free Academy graduates more than 500

Buy Photo Dana Jensen/The Day Tim Cote of Taftville motions to his family as he and his fellow graduates arrive at their seats during the processional of the Norwich Free Academy graduation ceremony held on the school athletic field Friday, June 17, 2011.

Norwich – Norwich Free Academy graduation hasn’t had to move indoors for more than a decade, or at least “in recent memory,” school officials said.

They kept that record intact tonight as a few thousand well-wishers greeted 589 graduates in the Class of 2011 on the NFA athletic field.

A few drops fell in the moments before the band struck up “Pomp and Circumstance,” but the skies brightened immediately and a comfortable breeze blew throughout the 90-minute ceremony. Umbrellas remained closed.

“Ooh! I just felt a raindrop in my eye!” a young girl shouted just seconds after the final name was read.

Interim Head of School Jackie Sullivan expressed her “overwhelming pride” in sharing the evening with the 153rd NFA graduating class.

Graduates of the Norwich Free Academy proudly hold on to their diplomas while they watch fellow graduates cross the stage during the graduation ceremony held on the school athletic field Friday, June 17, 2011.
Buy Photo Dana Jensen/The Day Graduates of the Norwich Free Academy proudly hold on to their diplomas while they watch fellow graduates cross the stage during the graduation ceremony held on the school athletic field Friday, June 17, 2011.
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