- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) - A New York high school is holding a second graduation ceremony after their first graduation was ruined by a foul-smelling sprinkler malfunction last week.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/2sLrQ8Z ) South Side High School’s new ceremony will be held this Thursday at the school’s auditorium in Rockville Centre. Principal John Murphy is calling it “Graduation, Part 2,” saying it’s important to hold a ceremony so every student gets the recognition they deserved to have during the first ceremony.

The first graduation ceremony, held at Hofstra University last Friday, ended prematurely when the sprinklers began malfunctioning around 15 names from the end of handing out diplomas.

About 1,000 people were evacuated, including the 254 graduates. Paula Kenny, the class president, says she didn’t get to give her speech.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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