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La Jolla Country Day holds commencement

A celebratory crowd of family and friends joined La Jolla Country Day graduates during commencement in the school’s amphitheater on May 29. All of the 89 members of the class of 2009 are moving on to college.

Samir Junnarkar, who started at Country Day in third grade and is headed for Stanford University, was selected by his classmates to give the commencement address. Rod Jemison, director of the Upper School, also spoke.

Tradition at Country Day before the mortarboards are tossed is that every senior ring the old school bell to commemorate the origins of Country Day in 1926 as the Balmer School, which was at Wisteria Cottage (now the LJ Historical Society and formerly John Cole’s bookstore) on Prospect.

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