Shooting victims remembered at Santa Monica College graduation

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A day after hundreds of people gathered at Santa Monica College to mourn the loss of those slain in a gunman's rampage, thousands of students, their teachers and their family members returned to celebrate a graduation.

For the most part, the commencement ceremony Tuesday at Corsair Stadium carried on like any graduation would. Students in royal blue caps and gowns streamed into metal bleachers to the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" while friends and family waved hysterically, their cameras snapping all the while.

But President Chui L. Tsang's opening remarks, and just about every speech that followed, nodded to the tragedy that shook the campus community.

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