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Self-portrait in cap and gown

Image: Class salutatorian, Chelsea Lee’s cap read, “Be the change you want the world to be.” (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Class salutatorian, Chelsea Lee’s cap read, “Be the change you want the world to be.” (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Image: Matthew Whitfield’s gown featured African American cultural themes, and “I have a dream,” on his sleeve.  (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Matthew Whitfield’s gown featured African American cultural themes, and “I have a dream,” on his sleeve. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Image: Class valedictorian, Brennan Terhune-Cotter’s cap sported the Latin Veni, Vidi, Vici, “I came, I saw, I conquered.” (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Class valedictorian, Brennan Terhune-Cotter’s cap sported the Latin Veni, Vidi, Vici, “I came, I saw, I conquered.” (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Image: Lukas Morkevicius, originally from Lithuania, proudly marks the Class of 2012 in the class colors of green and white on the back of his gown.  (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Lukas Morkevicius, originally from Lithuania, proudly marks the Class of 2012 in the class colors of green and white on the back of his gown. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Image: Rebecca Szynkowski created a family photo album on the top of her motar board.

Rebecca Szynkowski created a family photo album on the top of her motar board.

Image:  Franly Ulerio-Nunez, who graduated with a merit diploma, created a cap with favorite icons and a New York theme. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Franly Ulerio-Nunez, who graduated with a merit diploma, created a cap with favorite icons and a New York theme. (Photo: Susan Flanigan)

Congratulations to the Model Secondary School for the Deaf's Class of 2012! MSSD wishes each of you every success and a wonderful summer.

Like many students across the country, the MSSD graduates decorated traditional graduation attire with an individual flair, at the school's graduation ceremony on June 8. The Class of 2012 graduates wore the classic gown and mortar board in one of the three school colors of red, white, or blue. Students used a variety of media from fabric paint, to markers, to pins, cardboard cut outs, and other three dimensional objects to decorate their caps and gowns. Many painted their names across the back of their shoulders. Some used a philosophical theme, some school colors, and some family photos.