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    A Look at Graduation in America

    by Photo posted June 17, 2019

    More than 3.5 million students were expected to graduate from American high schools this spring, according to federal data.  This gallery captures how some of them celebrated in communities around the U.S.

     

    Graduates from Mid Valley High School throw their caps during commencement in Throop, Pa., on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune Via AP)

    Graduates from Mid Valley High School in Throop, Pa., throw their caps during commencement. –Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune Via AP

    Quentin Smith wears his cowboy hat with tassel at the graduation ceremonies at Paradise High School in Paradise, Calif., Thursday June 6, 2019. Most of the students of Paradise High lost their homes when the Camp Fire swept through the area and the school was forced to hold classes in Chico. The seniors gathered one more time at Paradise High for graduation ceremonies. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Quentin Smith wears his cowboy hat with tassel at the graduation ceremonies at Paradise High School in Paradise, Calif. Most of the students of Paradise High lost their homes when the Camp Fire swept through the area and the school was forced to hold classes in Chico. The seniors gathered one more time at Paradise High for graduation ceremonies. –Rich Pedroncelli/AP

    An excited graduate dances across the stage to receive his diploma at Prince George High School's graduation ceremony on June 15, 2019. [Leilia Magee/progress-index.com]

    An excited graduate dances across the stage to receive his diploma at Prince George High School’s graduation ceremony, in Prince George, Va.–Leilia Magee/progress-index.com

    In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019, photo, Emilee Taylor, a senior at Paradise High School, decorates her graduation cap, at her home in Chico, Calif. The Northern California town that was mostly destroyed by a wildfire is celebrating high school graduation. About 220 seniors including Taylor at Paradise High School are expected to graduate Thursday night. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Emilee Taylor, a senior at Paradise High School, decorates her graduation cap at her home in Chico, Calif., ahead of celebrating commencement with more than 200 of her fellow seniors. Paradise was mostly destroyed by  wildfire in 2018. –Rich Pedroncelli/AP

    Hannah St. Hilaire and Matthew Ray do their best friend handshake before their graduation at Poland Regional High School, Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Poland, Maine. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP)

    Hannah St. Hilaire and Matthew Ray do their best friend handshake before graduation at Poland Regional High School, in Poland, Maine. –Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP

    North Hagerstown High School graduates walk past family and friends into the auditorium during their commencement ceremony Friday, June 7, 2019, in Hagerstown, Md. (Colleen McGrath/The Herald-Mail via AP)

    A North Hagerstown High School graduate during the commencement ceremony in Hagerstown, Md. –Colleen McGrath/The Herald-Mail via AP

    Silver Springs graduates Miles Townsend and Fiona Kearney smile at each other after delivering a speech to the crowd, school staff, and their fellow classmates during the school's graduation ceremony Thursday evening. Townsend and Kearney both graduated as juniors finishing all of their classes early to accommodate for their young child. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

    Silver Springs High School graduates Miles Townsend and Fiona Kearney smile at each other after delivering a speech to the crowd, school staff, and their fellow classmates during the school’s graduation ceremony in Grass Valley, Calif. Townsend and Kearney both graduated as juniors, finishing all their classes early to accommodate for their young child. –Elias Funez/The Union via AP

    In this Friday, May 31, 2019 photo, identical twins Kayla and Maria Bolton, and fraternal twins Connor and Barrett Bagby pose at Grass Lake High School in Grass Lake, Mich. The two sets of twins have graduated at the top of the Grass Lake High School senior class and will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall. (Mary Lewandowski/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)

    Identical twins Kayla and Maria Bolton, and fraternal twins Connor and Barrett Bagby pose at Grass Lake High School in Grass Lake, Mich. The two sets of twins graduated at the top of the Grass Lake High School senior class and will attend the University of Michigan in the fall. –Mary Lewandowski/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP

    Sean Newsom hugs his mother, Melissa after graduation ceremonies at Paradise High School in Paradise, Calif., Thursday June 6, 2019. After the Camp Fire destroyed the family home in Paradise, Calif. his parents relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and Newsom moved to an apartment with his older brother in Chico to finish his senior year. Newsom and the rest of of the Paradise High School Class of 2019 gathered one more time for graduation (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Sean Newsom hugs his mother, Melissa after graduation ceremonies at Paradise High School in Paradise, Calif., After the Camp Fire destroyed the family home in Paradise, his parents relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and Newsom moved to an apartment with his older brother in Chico to finish his senior year. –Rich Pedroncelli/AP

    Mountain Island Charter School conducts its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019 on Friday evening at the school in Mount Holly. [BILL WARD/SPECIAL TO THE GASTON GAZETTE]

    Graduates of the Mountain Island Charter School pose for s selfie during their graduation ceremony in Mount Holly, N.C. –Bill Ward/Special to the Gaston Gazette

    Covered with aerosol string and confetti, graduates laugh and smile at the end of Hoosac Valley High School graduation exercises in the school's gymnasium in Cheshire, Mass., Friday, June 7, 2019. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

    Celebrating with silly string and confetti, graduates laugh and smile during Hoosac Valley High School graduation exercises in Cheshire, Mass. –Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP

    Flagler Palm Coast High graduate Brandon Schwartz gives girlfriend Kayla Tennant a kiss following a graduation ceremony at Halifax Health Medical Center on Friday. Just days before he was in a serious car accident, the couple went to prom. The accident made Schwartz miss his graduation, but he's expected to make a full recovery. [News-Journal/David Tucker]

    Flagler Palm Coast High graduate Brandon Schwartz gives girlfriend Kayla Tennant a kiss following a graduation ceremony at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Just days before he was in a serious car accident, the couple went to prom. The accident made Schwartz miss his graduation, but he’s expected to make a full recovery. -David Tucker/News-Journal

    In white cap and gown a graduating senior walks to the graduation ceremonies at Paradise High School in Paradise, Calif., Thursday June 6, 2019. Most of the students of Paradise High lost their homes when the Camp Fire swept through the area and the school was forced to hold classes in Chico. The seniors gathered one more time at Paradise High for graduation ceremonies. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    A graduating senior walks to her commencement ceremony at Paradise High School in Paradise, Calif. Most Paradise High students had their homes destroyed by wildfire last year when the Camp Fire swept through the area and the school was forced to hold classes in Chico. –Rich Pedroncelli/AP

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