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    Classes of 2014

    by Swikar Patel posted June 18, 2014

    High school graduation is a big milestone in a student’s academic career and a culmination of his or her hard work and persistence. It’s certainly a time of uncertainty as graduates step off of the edge of familiarity and begin the transition into adulthood.

    Each year there are thousands of graduation speeches given across the country, many of which are inspiring and profound. Looking through past high school graduation speeches, this quote by Wellesley (Mass.) High School English teacher David McCullough Jr. to the class of 2012 resonated the most for us.

    “I also hope you’ve learned enough to recognize how little you know,” McCullough said.  “How little you know now, at the moment, for today is just the beginning.  It’s where you go from here that matters.” Watch the entire humorous and inspirational speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lfxYhtf8o4

    As the 2014 school year ended, Education Week photo editors put together our favorite high school graduation photos from Associated Press contributing photographers and local newspapers.

    Friends Lauren Powell, center, Ryleigh Fulcher, right, and Taylor Shimek, left, fix their hats and hair in a mirror as they wait to file into the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. for Henderson County High School's 2014 Commencement on May 30, in Henderson, Kent. --Darrin Phegley/The Gleaner/AP

    Friends Lauren Powell, left, and Ryleigh Fulcher fix their hats and hair in a mirror as they wait to file into the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. for Henderson County High School’s 2014 Commencement. –Darrin Phegley/The Gleaner/AP

    Chloe Wright, left, Ari Parker, Elissa Ropp, right, and another classmates wait to walk down the aisle at Walla Walla High School's graduation Friday evening, June 6, in Walla Walla, Wash. --Greg Lehman//Walla Walla Union-Bulletin/AP

    Chloe Wright, from left, Ari Parker and Elissa Ropp, line up to walk down the aisle at Walla Walla (Wash.) High School’s graduation. –Greg Lehman//Walla Walla Union-Bulletin/AP

    Members of the South Kitsap Class of 2014 peek out from behind the divider curtains to see their friends and family in the crowd prior to the start of their commencement exercises at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Was., June 10.  --Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun/AP

    Members of the South Kitsap Class of 2014 peek out from behind the divider curtains to see their friends and family in the crowd prior to the start of their commencement exercises at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash.                                 –Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun/AP

    The last few St. Vincent's Academy students look over their shoulders before entering The Cathedral of St. John Baptist at the beginning of their commencement on May 28, in Savannah, Ga. --Brittney Lohmiller//The Morning News

    The last few St. Vincent’s Academy students look over their shoulders before entering The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist at the beginning of their commencement in Savannah, Ga. –Brittney Lohmiller//The Morning News/AP

    Joshua Johnson walks the stage to receive his diploma as he graduates from Warren Easton Charter High School on May 19, in New Orleans. --Kathleen Flynn/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune/AP

    Joshua Johnson strides across the stage to receive his diploma as he graduates from Warren Easton Charter High School  in New Orleans. –Kathleen Flynn/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune/AP

    Bellaire High School senior Harrison Bowe waits in his hospital room before his high school graduation at the Houston Methodist Hospital, where he is still recovering from surgery from complications from the rare bladder birth defect on May 31, in Houston. --James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle/AP

    Harrison Bowe, a senior at Bellair High School in Houston, waits in his hospital room at Houston Methodist Hospital, where his parents and school representatives will hold a graduation ceremony for him. He is still recovering from surgery from complications from a rare bladder birth defect. –James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle/AP

    Millbrook High School graduates watch as white doves take flight at the ending of the school's commencement ceremony Saturday June 7, in Winchester, Virginia. --Scott Mason/The Winchester Star/AP

    Millbrook High School graduates watch as white doves take flight at the end of the school’s commencement ceremony in Winchester, Va. –Scott Mason/The Winchester Star/AP

    Marissa Ogata,17, has much to cheer about. The UCLA-bound Ogata finished third, Summa Cum Laude (GPA of 4.4 and above), in a graduating class of about 650 students at Huntington Beach High on June 11. Ogata plans to major in biology or physical therapy at the UC campus where she'll join her sister at their grandfather's alma mater. --Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register/AP

    Marissa Ogata,17, has much to cheer about. The UCLA-bound Ogata finished third, Summa Cum Laude (GPA of 4.4 and above), among some 650 students in the 2014 graduating class at Huntington Beach High. Ogata plans to major in biology or physical therapy at UCLA, where she’ll join her sister at their grandfather’s alma mater.                               –Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register/AP

    Damian Ferguson, right, celebrates with classmates at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony for the Roseburg High School graduating class of 2014 at Finlay Field in Roseburg, Ore. on June 8th. --Michael Sullivan/The News-Review/AP

    Damian Ferguson, right, celebrates with classmates at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony for the Roseburg High School graduating class of 2014 at Finlay Field in Roseburg, Ore. –Michael Sullivan/The News-Review/AP

    Shadows of Walla Walla High School seniors waiting to enter graduation are cast on a school wall Friday evening, on June 6, in Walla Walla, Wash.--Greg Lehman/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin/AP

    Shadows of Walla Walla (Wash.) High School seniors waiting to enter graduation are cast on a school wall.                      –Greg Lehman/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin/AP

    Hezekiah Jordan, left, son of fallen Griffin police officer Kevin Jordan, is embraced by his grandmother Lillie Colquitt while surrounded by Griffin police officers after receiving his high school diploma at a graduation ceremony on June 7th in Griffin, Ga. Dozens of law enforcement officers honored Jordan's father who was fatally shot while working an extra job as a security officer last weekend by attending his son's graduation ceremony. Authorities have said Officer Kevin Jordan was working an overnight shift at a Waffle House restaurant and was fatally shot during a fight with three people who were asked to leave the business. Jordan, 43, left behind seven children. --David Goldman/AP

    Hezekiah Jordan, left, son of fallen Griffin, Ga., police officer Kevin Jordan, is embraced by his grandmother, Lillie Colquitt, while surrounded by Griffin police officers after receiving his high school diploma. Authorities have said Officer Kevin Jordan was off-duty working an overnight shift as a security guard at a Waffle House restaurant when he was fatally shot during a fight with three people who were asked to leave the business. Jordan, 43, left behind seven children. –David Goldman/AP

    Odessa High School graduates look onto the field prior to the start of the commencement ceremony on June 7, at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. --Edyta Blaszczyk/Odessa American/AP

    Odessa High School graduates look onto the field prior to the start of the commencement ceremony at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. –Edyta Blaszczyk/Odessa American/AP