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July 17, 2017

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Upstate NY HS grads celebrate by jumping in the lake — in their graduation gowns

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With gowns flowing behind them, more than 100 new graduates of Skaneateles Central High School in upstate New York placed their own spin — or flop — on a long-standing tradition of jumping into Skaneateles Lake immediately following commencement.

 

Syracuse.com reported that 122 grads participated in the school’s 67th annual commencement exercises on a recent Sunday afternoon in Clift Park, then headed for the lake.


 

my favorite jump into the lake and my favorite high school tradition 🎓🎉 #365daysofhappiness #day126

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Family and friends filled the park and lined the dock to witness the festivities.


 

Of course, the best view may have been from one of the boats scattered across the water.



With everyone knowing the traditional leap was coming, Instagram accounts and even the school’s Facebook page were filled with sun-saturated, water-drenched photos of the Class of 2017 — ensuring that Skaneateles Central High School remains soaked in tradition.


  

 

 

💙Congrats Grands!💛🎓

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