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106 graduate from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High

  • Grads added their own personal style to their caps and gowns, like these funky grad glasses.
  • RHHS class of 2017 produced 106 graduates.
  • Jaguar balloons to celebrate the graduates were all around the football field.
  • Friends and family across the county came out to congratulate the grads, almost the entire stadium was filled with spectators.
  • A graduate takes a selfie during the ceremony.
  • At the ceremony, students were recognized for achievements and awarded.
  • At the ceremony, students were recognized for achievements and awarded.
  • At the ceremony, students were recognized for achievements and awarded.
  • Smiles couldn’t be contained as students walked across the stage.
  • Graduates were congratulated by the Board of Trustees as they received their diplomas.
  • Graduation caps were decorated with inspirational and personal messages.
  • At left, Trei’ Anderson stands with his diploma.
  • Graduation caps were decorated with inspirational and personal messages.
  • Graduates stand and smile as their classmates receive their diplomas.
  • Family members came down to the field to take photos of their graduates.
  • Terry Pusha smiles after he returned to his seat with diploma in hand.
  • More smiles from RHHS graduates.
  • Two friends pose as they walk off RHHS campus for the last time.

Another school year ended for Ridgeland-Hardeeville High as 106 seniors walked across the stage at the old Jasper County High School football field on Friday night.

As graduates, the class of 2017 is ready for the next stage in their lives — college, the military, or the workforce. The graduating class earned $2.8 million dollars in scholarships.

The graduation ceremony also recognized two students, one who was shot and killed two years ago, and another who died from an illness. In honor of the students, family members walked across the stage and were presented with honorary diplomas as the rest of the students cheered.

The words of valedictorian Rosa Millan De Jesus, inspired and resonated with the graduates.

“We have now come to the threshold of adulthood, and soon a decision must be made whether we go to college, join the military, or go into the workforce,” she said. “Whatever we decide on we must remember to have some fire, we must be unstoppable, we will be a force of nature. The word of success will be a synonym of the Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School class of 2017.”

Per the instructions of Superintendent Donald Andrews, the seniors turned their tassels to become graduates, the crowds cheered, and they entered the next phase of their lives.

As they exited the football stadium and their journey as students of RHHS, salutatorian Davontay Dopson had one instruction for them, “Remember where you came from.”

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