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Barbara Ingram School for the Arts holds first graduation ceremony

June 02, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Mary Mulligan is reflected in a mirror as she adjusts her cap before graduation begins for Barbara Ingram School for the Arts on Thursday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

The graduates were the show and the stars Thursday night as the 2-year-old Barbara Ingram School for the Arts held its first graduation ceremony.

Last year's graduating class was so small only a reception was held, and the students participated at their home schools' graduation ceremonies, Principal Michael Thorsen said.

The ceremony for this year's 28 graduates was held at the Bridge of Life church across the street from the downtown Hagerstown arts school.

The graduates and audience gave Vincent Groh a standing ovation for donating the building that serves as the arts school. The school has programs for dance, instrumental music, theater, visual arts and vocal music.

Salutatorian Nick Vindivich — who portrayed the phantom in the school's April production of "The Phantom of the Opera" — said Ingram's Class of 2011 discovered "we're not just better artists and students, but better individuals, capable of achieving our goals."

During her valedictorian speech, Megan Duckworth described the moment as breathtaking.

"And what do people do when they cannot find the words to express themselves? They paint. They sing. They dance. They compose. They perform."

Guest speaker Cliff Springer did a little dance to Roy Orbison's "Only the Lonely," getting some laughs during a ceremony that had many serious, emotional moments.

Springer, the owner of Benjamin Art Gallery who is serving as a props consultant on director Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie "Lincoln," is an original member of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation.

After getting a couple of graduates to join him in a short dance, Springer went to the podium to share some thoughts and advice.

"I want you to think about doing the best you can. There will be some bumps. It's not going to be a pleasure ride. It's going to be a work ride, and it will reap immense rewards," Springer told the graduates.

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