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Summer! Summer! Summer!

In a tradition that dates back a half century, the 29 members of the senior class swarmed around the bell outside the campus courtyard and took turns ringing it furiously when the clock struck 3 p.m.

The ringing signaled the end of their classes at La Pietra and the start of their new lives.

Dressed in La Pietra shirts decorated with illustrations and messages penned by their classmates, the girls loudly chanted "Summer! Summer! Summer!" as the seconds counted down to 3 p.m. There were screams, hugs, tears, jumping and snapping of cell phone photos to mark the moment.

The 50th commencement ceremony is on Monday, May 22 at 6:00 pm on the Great Lawn.

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