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Nearly 240 students graduated from Floral Park Memorial (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Nearly 240 students graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School during a ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Floral Park Memorial High School graduation

Floral Park High School graduated 240 students in the Class of 2013. The students left the ceremony, held at Hofstra University, to high school band Rake's rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird."

Siaresh Aziz, 17, who plans to pursue nursing
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Siaresh Aziz, 17, who plans to pursue nursing at Nassau Community College, received her diploma during Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Vanisha Baker, 18, who plans to study forensic
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Vanisha Baker, 18, who plans to study forensic science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Ct., received her diploma during Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Salutatorian Timothy Lazaroff, 17, who plans to pursue
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Salutatorian Timothy Lazaroff, 17, who plans to pursue urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania, advises graduates to think and act globally to combat today's problems during Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

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Nearly 240 students graduated from Floral Park Memorial
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Nearly 240 students graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School during a ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Local band Rake, consisting of Floral Park Memorial
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Local band Rake, consisting of Floral Park Memorial High School students, performed "Free Bird" to close out their own graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. Singer Erik Jakob, 17, teared up. (June 22, 2013)

Floral Park Memorial High School's senior choral members
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Floral Park Memorial High School's senior choral members sang "The Star Spangled Banner" during the school's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Nearly 240 students graduated from Floral Park Memorial
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Nearly 240 students graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School during a ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

During Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony
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During Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead, 241 graduates tossed their caps in the air. (June 22, 2013)

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Class president Stephen Esposito, 18, who plans to
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Class president Stephen Esposito, 18, who plans to study political science at Fordham University, thanked graduates for the adventure and to go ahead and have another during Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Local band Rake, consisting of Floral Park Memorial
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Local band Rake, consisting of Floral Park Memorial High School students Robert Wagner, 18, left, drummer Kyle O' Connor, 18, singer Erik Jakob, 17, and guitarist Andrew Burkhardt, 17, performed "Free Bird" to close out their own graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Graduates flip their tassels at Floral Park Memorial
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Graduates flip their tassels at Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Valedictorian Vishnu Tiwari, 17, left, salutatorian Timothy Lazaroff,
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Valedictorian Vishnu Tiwari, 17, left, salutatorian Timothy Lazaroff, 17, and class president Stephen Esposito, 18, lead their fellow classmates in Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

Sen. Charles Schumer spoke briefly at Floral Park
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Sen. Charles Schumer spoke briefly at Floral Park Memorial High School's graduation ceremony at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (June 22, 2013)

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