Graduation do-over

June 20, 2008 3:10:23 PM PDT
Pomp, circumstance... And a storm. Not quite the combination the seniors at Northeast High School wanted to see at their graduation this week. Today, they got a chance to do it all over again.

This time, without the rain.

More than half of the 620 graduates of Northeast High School attended their second commencement proceeding this week.

The class valedictorian, Marc Jacobson, finally got to deliver his address and awards were given to students like Salanthial Nealy who hasn't missed a day of school since kindergarten.

"This is a dream come true," he said.

"I'm very happy to have this proper ceremony. I just joined the Marines and this is the last time I'll be with my classmates for a while," said graduate Laya Washington.

The original graduation ceremony came to a crashing halt on Wednesday night when lightening, thunder and heavy rain left students scrabbling for cover even before their diplomas were handed out. Parents were frustrated that they wouldn't see their teens graduate. They spoke out on Action News and they say that's what helped their graduation dreams become a reality. School officials told the students to come by and pick up their diplomas without family members present. Parents were upset, students wanted their day in the sun today they got it.