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UMass Dartmouth graduates passed a resilience test

Tragic connection didn’t break school’s spirit

DARTMOUTH — With a moment of silence honoring the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings broken by chants of “USA, USA, USA,” the graduating class of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth kicked off its commencement without shying away from the campus’s connection to one of the alleged bombers.

Reminders of the bombings were inescapable: blue and gold buttons that proclaimed “UMASS DARTMOUTH STRONG,” a beefed-up security presence that included police from half a dozen outside communities on foot and bicycles, law enforcement officials with explosive-sniffing dogs patrolling campus, and a long security line to get into the tent where the ceremony was held.

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