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From left, Erika Gonzalez, 18, Leila Charles, 18, (Credit: Brittany Wait)

From left, Erika Gonzalez, 18, Leila Charles, 18, and Karen Rubio, 18, get set to graduate from Uniondale High School at a Hofstra University ceremony. (June 22, 2013)

Uniondale High School graduation 2013

Uniondale High School held its commencement on June 22 at Hofstra University. Diplomas were handed out to 505 graduates.

Nearly 500 students, many wearing decorated caps, graduated
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Nearly 500 students, many wearing decorated caps, graduated from Uniondale High School during a ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Nearly 500 students graduated from Uniondale High School
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Nearly 500 students graduated from Uniondale High School during a ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Uniondale High School's junior ROTC program opened the
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Uniondale High School's junior ROTC program opened the school's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

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Uniondale High School's Show Choir performed
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Uniondale High School's Show Choir performed "Wings" during the school's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Chaya Hairston, 17, left, who plans to attend
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Chaya Hairston, 17, left, who plans to attend pharmacy school at Hampton University in Virginia and Breanna Irizarry, 17, who plans to study biology at the University of Richmond in Virginia, receive their diplomas during Uniondale High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Taisheikee Dodd, 18, who plans to study social
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Taisheikee Dodd, 18, who plans to study social science at Spelman College in Atlanta danced across the stage after receiving her diploma during Uniondale High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Valedictorian Gilbert Tagufa, 18, told his classmates they
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Valedictorian Gilbert Tagufa, 18, told his classmates they are capable of greatness during Uniondale High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Joseph Charles, 17, who plans to study physical
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Joseph Charles, 17, who plans to study physical therapy at Pace University, and Louisa Carasco, 17, who will study music education at SUNY Potsdam, receive their diplomas during Uniondale High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

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Nearly 500 students, many wearing decorated caps, rose
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Nearly 500 students, many wearing decorated caps, rose to their feet, threw up their caps and officially graduated from Uniondale High School during a ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Nearly 500 students, many wearing decorated caps, graduated
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Nearly 500 students, many wearing decorated caps, graduated from Uniondale High School during a ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Uniondale High School's Show Choir performed
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Uniondale High School's Show Choir performed "Wings" during the school's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Salutatorian Daniel Clayton, 18, advised fellow classmates to
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Salutatorian Daniel Clayton, 18, advised fellow classmates to never forget where they came from during Uniondale High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Principal Dr. Florence Simmons congratulated Uniondale High School's
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Principal Dr. Florence Simmons congratulated Uniondale High School's Class of 2013 for graduating during the ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

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Uniondale High School's Show Choir performed
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Uniondale High School's Show Choir performed "Wings" during the school's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

From left, Erika Gonzalez, 18, Leila Charles, 18,
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

From left, Erika Gonzalez, 18, Leila Charles, 18, and Karen Rubio, 18, get set to graduate from Uniondale High School at a Hofstra University ceremony. (June 22, 2013)

Erika Gonzalez and many of her classmates at
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Erika Gonzalez and many of her classmates at Uniondale High School bedazzled their caps for their graduation ceremony at Hofstra University. (June 22, 2013)

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