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Pride, excitement fill grads, families

Bay Path bids farewell to senior class

Two Bay Path graduates share an emotional hug in the moments after receiving their diplomas. Walter Bird Jr.. (click for larger version)
May 30, 2009
WORCESTER — Dave Matthews wowed thousands in separate concerts at Fenway Park Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of school kids around the state whooped it up at proms over the weekend, too.

They all might have come close to matching the excitement inside the DCU Center Friday night, where a graduating class of 200-plus young men and women turned their backs on high school, and stared hopefully, if somewhat nervously, into the future.

They were bidding adieu to Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, in front of parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, children, friends and hundreds of others who came to share and bask in one of the greatest moments of their young lives.

None in the audience could have been prouder than Joseph Carmody, who was there for his 18-year-old son, William. Carmody hadn't even entered the auditorium yet, and already his emotions were getting the better of him.

"He's my first-born," he said. "I'm very proud."

William, he said, will enter the Air Force, spending six weeks in Texas for training before being deployed overseas. He'll be following in the footsteps of his uncle before him, who was a lieutenant colonel.

"He's been wanting to do it all his life," Carmody said of his son's dream.

William's father didn't mind sharing his emotions before walking in to see his son graduate.

"Oh, I'm gonna cry," he said. "I'm ready to now."

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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