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John Wonka peers through the gym doors as the class waits in line

Buffalo High School graduate John Wonka peers through the gym doors as the class waits in line to enter the gymnasium and begin the graduation ceremony on Sunday afternoon. The ceremony included 52 total graduates from BHS.

After having to delay and reorganize last year's school year and graduation because of COVID-19, this year's graduation ceremony felt like a breath of normal. The ceremony was returned indoors to the gym as Buffalo celebrated 52 graduating seniors on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Speeches were given, music performed by both the band and choir and cheers let out as the class was celebrated for completing this stage of their lives. 

Alex Cahhal waits outside the gym for graduation

Buffalo High School graduate Alex Cahhal waits outside the gym for graduation to start on Sunday afternoon.

Hollis Mantle wore one shoe and held the other until she had to put it on to walk

Buffalo High School Hollis Mantle wore one shoe and held the other until she had to put it on to walk out on Sunday afternoon. The tall heels hurt her feet so Hollis decided to wait and put the second one on at the last minute.

Massimo Haas welcomes friends, family and classmates as he kicks off the student speeches

Buffalo High School salutatorian Massimo Haas welcomes friends, family and classmates as he kicks off the student speeches on Sunday afternoon. Haas celebrated his classmates as they look forward to what comes next.

Jordan Hunt, left, sits in line with her peers as they listen to the valedictorian address

Buffalo High School graduate Jordan Hunt, left, sits in line with her peers as they listen to the valedictorian address on Sunday afternoon. Hunt graduated Magna Cum Laude with twelve other classmates.

Sage Palser looks up to the audience as she shares a story of her friend

Buffalo High School 2021 valedictorian Sage Palser looks up to the audience as she shares a story of her friend and mentor David Stewart and his walking trip to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Sunday afternoon. Palser encouraged her peers to find their own Grad Ole Opry to work towards, their own goal.

Tim Clason introduces commencement speaker Dick Edgcomb

Buffalo High School senior class president Tim Clason introduces commencement speaker Dick Edgcomb on Sunday afternoon.

Laurel Rozema looks into the bleachers to her family as commencement speaker Dick Edgcomb

Buffalo High School graduate Laurel Rozema looks into the bleachers to her family as commencement speaker Dick Edgcomb talks about always remembering the family support you will have in the future on Sunday afternoon. Edgcomb went on to talk about the community support they have moving forward.

Dick Edgcomb reflected

This year's graduation commencement speaker Dick Edgcomb reflected both on his memories of the students in this year’s graduating class and on some go to advice he had to offer. He recalled coaching many of the kids back in middle school and joked with Kollen Milmine about some shoe sales.

Family, friends and community members filled the gym

Family, friends and community members filled the Buffalo High School gym on Sunday afternoon as the senior class of 2021 graduation ceremony kicked off from indoors once again. The students had the choice between an indoor and outdoor ceremony and ultimately they chose to have it inside again this year - made possible my the loose COVID-19 restrictions.

Colton Briscoe closes his eyes briefly during the commencement address

Buffalo High School graduate Colton Briscoe closes his eyes briefly during the commencement address by Dick Edgcomb before waking up with a start on Sunday afternoon. Edgcomb reflected on his time with the class over the years and reminded them that they always have the support of the Buffalo community.

Buffalo High School graduate Hollis Mantle adjusts her position

Buffalo High School graduate Hollis Mantle adjusts her position with the rest of the choir as the BHS Music Department presented “Wide Open Spaces” by Elaine Hagenberg on Sunday afternoon. Mantle was one of several choir members to temporarily leave their peers for the performance.

Luci Riddle turns her tassel as she steps off the stage

Buffalo High School graduate Luci Riddle turns her tassel as she steps off the stage with her diploma and plaque on Sunday afternoon. Several graduates decorated their caps with images, colors and some phrases.

graduates throw their caps into the air

Buffalo High School graduates throw their caps into the air in a mix of celebrations, cheering and confetti on Sunday afternoon. Shortly after the final student received his diploma, the class was announced, hats were thrown and students left the gym to find their family and friends.

graduates line up in the auxiliary gym

Buffalo High School graduates line up in the auxiliary gym to receive their actual diplomas, computers and school files after the conclusion of the ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Most of the kids lined up in the gym automatically while others met up with their parents and friends first before coming up to the gym.

Buffalo High School graduates Calvin Rule, Coy Johnson and Taylor Swanston

From left, Buffalo High School graduates Calvin Rule, Coy Johnson and Taylor Swanston pose for a group photo after the ceremony on Sunday afternoon in the BHS gym. Several groups took photos on the gym floor after the ceremony finished.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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