Viewfinder: Brookwood High School Graduation

Gwinnett County's largest graduating class bids high school adieu.

Family and friends gathered Wednesday evening at 's community stadium to celebrate the graduation of nearly 800 seniors.

At 779, the school's graduating class of 2012 is the .

The commencement addresses were given by .

In Alabi's speech he told his classmates: "I continue to find that life is more about experiences than outcomes, and truly the Brookwood experience is unlike any other.

"We can all appreciate the privilege and the opportunity that has been bestowed upon our lives to graduate and leave behind a legacy to remember and a community to remember."

In the valedictorian's address, she commended the students for being a group that excelled in sports, academics and the arts.

"We rock at all of it," she said. We make great, and even now that we're leaving, we still have it in us. We all know we have the capability to step our game up, so let's get to it, and unleash ourselves."

School principal ; Dr. Robert McClure, school board member for the area; and , the school's teacher of the year, delivered words of encouragement to the students, as well.

"Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible," Dees told the students. "There is so much promise in this graduating class, and that promise, that potential, is in each and every one of you.

"I know you can and will make remarkable progress in the years ahead. I challenge you to dream, live life to the fullest, and begin setting your destiny."

(Editor's Note: Although Snellville Patch captured moments in the photos attached, please feel free to add your own by clicking on the camera icon under the photo area above.)


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