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Hats off to the Class of '22: Perham High School sends 119 graduates off into the world

The Perham community celebrated graduating seniors as they received their diplomas and left Perham High School's building one last time on Friday, May 27.

The Perham High School Class of 2022 tossed their caps into the air in celebration at the end of their commencement ceremony on Friday evening, May 27.
The Perham High School Class of 2022 tossed their caps into the air in celebration at the end of their commencement ceremony on Friday evening, May 27.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus
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PERHAM — The Perham High School Class of 2022 gathered together in the Hive gymasium for one last time during the school's commencement ceremony on Friday, May 27.

The stands of the gym were packed with community members who came to support the 119 graduates. As the names of each grad were announced, cheers and applause were heard from all sides.

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Aiden Price and Logan Pulju smile for the camera during their graduation ceremony.
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Prior to the graduation ceremony, the students were celebrated for their academic achievement via a Commencement Caravan on Thursday, May 26. Escorted by a fire truck and its sirens, seniors paraded through Perham while community members stood on the sidewalks and cheered them on.

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Perham High School graduates Steph Meissner, Lexi Kunza, Sydney Anderson and Ryann Anderson smile as they ride down Main Street during the Commencement Caravan on Thursday, May 26.
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Perham High School graduates Anya Roe, Kordia Rindahl and Ella Hespe grin as they drive down Main Street during the Commencement Caravan on Thursday, May 26.
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At the Friday commencement ceremony, the Perham High School band and choir performed in celebration of the graduates, and several speakers, including teacher Cory Solberg, shared their thoughts and congratulations. Solberg expressed his gratitude and love for his community, and cracked jokes with the graduating seniors, who sent him texts during his speech, as he congratulated the Class of '22.

From there, students walked to the front of the Hive up onto stage, where they each received their diplomas. After they were all back in their seats, the graduates moved their tassels from right to left, signifying their graduation. In celebration, they tossed their hats into the air, grinning and laughing.

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Logan Slevin, Hannah Slevin and Miriam Siira sit together during the graduation ceremony in the Hive on Friday, May 27.
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The back of one graduating senior's cap was decorated with a Taylor Swift quote, "Long story short I survived."
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Graduating senior Jacob Gallmeier shakes hands after receiving his diploma.
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Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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