Celebrations for Perham High School's 2021 graduation began early in the day of Friday, May 21. At 10:30 a.m., graduating seniors drove through Perham for the commencement caravan.

Perham residents lined the streets to cheer them on in congratulations as they drove by.

Two graduating seniors smile and wave to the elementary students cheering them on during the commencement caravan at Main Street on Friday, May 21. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Two graduating seniors smile and wave to the elementary students cheering them on during the commencement caravan at Main Street on Friday, May 21. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

Starting at Perham High School, graduating seniors drove down Highway 78 and 3rd Avenue before arriving on Main Street. From there, they turned onto Sixth Avenue, and ended the caravan at St. Paul's School.

Many seniors decorated their cars in celebration, waving to those who cheered for them as they drove by.

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Graduating seniors wave to those cheering them on during the commencement caravan at Main Street on Friday, May 21. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Graduating seniors wave to those cheering them on during the commencement caravan at Main Street on Friday, May 21. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

The graduation commencement ceremony began at 7 p.m. in Perham High School's gymnasium, the Hive.

Several graduating seniors from the Class of 2021 gave speeches, sharing their best memories from the past few years. Lily Lorenson shared her thoughts about their class being the very last in the old Perham High School building. The Class of 2021 is the third class to graduate in the new building.

Elayna Kawlewski talked about her hopes for the future. She brought up Socrates, a Greek philosopher. She joked that, while he was very smart, he gave long speeches, and his friends killed him. So she promised to keep it short.

Elayna Kawlewski shares her hopes for the future during the Class of 2021 graduation commencement at Perham High School on Friday, May 21. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Elayna Kawlewski shares her hopes for the future during the Class of 2021 graduation commencement at Perham High School on Friday, May 21. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)


Hope Rosen introduced graduating honors students, and performances by the high school's choir and band were given. One teacher, Cory Solberg, was the special guest speaker. He gave several graduating seniors very specific "advice," such as how to deal with receding hairlines, earning many laughs from the students and audience alike.

Following this, Principal Ehren Zimmerman made his way to the podium, and diplomas were presented to those graduating.

Graduating seniors smile after moving their tassels, symbolizing their graduation during the Class of 2021 graduation commencement at Perham High School on Friday, May 21. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
Graduating seniors smile after moving their tassels, symbolizing their graduation during the Class of 2021 graduation commencement at Perham High School on Friday, May 21. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

Soon after, the graduating students, with large smiles on their faces, moved their tassels and threw their caps into the air, signifying their graduation. With that, the Perham High School Class of 2021 are ready to begin their futures.