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PHOTOS: Parkway South Class of 2012 Graduates

Thousands gathered at Queeny Park's auditorium to see the students of the Parkway South High School's Class of 2012 receive their diploma.

For the  Class of 2012, school is finally over. 

Friday night, 470 students received their diploma at the school's graduation ceremony, held at  auditorium. 

Approximately 3,000 people gathered there to see the students, who achieved several academic successes. 

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For the class of 2012, there was a total of $11 million in scholarships awarded to students. 

Salutatorian for the 2012 class was Heather Dawn Wilson, who had a grade point average of 4.65 cumulative. Emily Shannon Cheng, the valedictorian, had a GPA of 4.821.

This year's graduation ceremony was the last one for Parkway South Principal Gary Mazzola, who is retiring this year. 

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"Before I complete one of my last actions as principal of South High, I would like to thank the seniors for making this a very, very special year for me," said Mazzola before sending off the students. "I will never forget your school spirit, and specially your friendship we built over the last four years. You are really awesome young men and women and I truly mean it when I say this: I love you all."

Check out Friday night's photos in the above photo slideshow.

Feel free to share your own photos from the evening, or to give your grad a shoutout here!

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