Salem High School graduate Mary De'Risi celebrates with an extra huge smile as she gets her diploma. Students graduated at Seminole Stadium Friday morning among their families, fellow classmates and school staff. Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Salem High School graduate Mary De'Risi celebrates with an extra huge smile as she gets her diploma. Students graduated at Seminole Stadium Friday morning among their families, fellow classmates and school staff. Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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Doing her dance of gratitude for the diploma, Eastside High School senior DeMia ChonTaylor Grier celebrated with Principal Dennis Roddenberry during Friday's graduation ceremonies at Homer Sharp Stadium. He said he is proud of this year's graduating class, who honored him as a graduate too since he is retiring after this school year.

Sunny skies allowed Rockdale and Newton county graduation ceremonies to go off without a hitch this week on some of the hottest days of the year so far. About 2,000 students from Alcovy, Eastside, Heritage, Newton, Rockdale County and Salem high schools participated in commencement exercises, saying goodbye to high school and hello to their next phase of life. For some that means attending a two- or four-year university, and for others that means joining the military or getting straight to work. The Citizen staff captured a few stories and images from the ceremonies. Additionally, the Rockdale Career Academy is selling DVDs from each Rockdale County graduation, and schools in Newton County have information about ordering their ceremonies on DVD. For a look at individual schools' graduations, please see pages B4 through B6. More images are on page B7.

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