Proctor High School senior Ali Carlson smiles as she walks to the stage in the DECC’s Symphony Hall for commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. Carlson was one of five valedictorians who spoke during the ceremony. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Proctor High School senior Ali Carlson smiles as she walks to the stage in the DECC’s Symphony Hall for commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. Carlson was one of five valedictorians who spoke during the ceremony. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

The Hermantown High School Class of 2021 enters Amsoil Arena for commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
The Hermantown High School Class of 2021 enters Amsoil Arena for commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Hermantown senior class vice-president Grace Aho reacts to the volume of her amplified voice during a mic check prior to graduation Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Hermantown senior class vice-president Grace Aho reacts to the volume of her amplified voice during a mic check prior to graduation Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Hermantown senior class president Amanda Lawless (left) and Maiah Christianson listen to senior class advisor Alison Thorson prior to graduation Sunday, June 6, 2021. Both seniors were giving speeches. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Hermantown senior class president Amanda Lawless (left) and Maiah Christianson listen to senior class advisor Alison Thorson prior to graduation Sunday, June 6, 2021. Both seniors were giving speeches. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Graduating Proctor senior Joseph Carlson hugs his mother, Melanie Priola, before commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Graduating Proctor senior Joseph Carlson hugs his mother, Melanie Priola, before commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

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Michael VanArman takes a selfie with daughter Viktoryia VanArman before Proctor’s commencement for the Class of 2021 Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Michael VanArman takes a selfie with daughter Viktoryia VanArman before Proctor’s commencement for the Class of 2021 Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Proctor High School band director Gordy Westendorf jokes with graduating seniors as they wait to enter the DECC’s Symphony Hall for commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Proctor High School band director Gordy Westendorf jokes with graduating seniors as they wait to enter the DECC’s Symphony Hall for commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Members of Proctor High School’s Class of 2021 wait for the start of commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Members of Proctor High School’s Class of 2021 wait for the start of commencement Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)