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Happy graduates

Rachel Latuff is all smiles as she jokes with family and friends while entering commencement ceremonies Friday night at McNamara Stadium at Todd Field. There were 412 members of the Hastings High School class of 2009. For more photos, turn to Page 13A.1 / 5
Three seniors seem to be happy it's all over.2 / 5
Jeff Blazek nears the end of his speech. He received a standing ovation from his peers.3 / 5
The Hastings High School Select Chorale performs at graduation.4 / 5
A smiley face beach ball is tossed around at graduation.5 / 5

Commencement exercises were held Friday June 5 for the Hastings High School Class of 2009.

In all, 412 graduates strolled across the stage at McNamara Stadium at Todd Field and received their diplomas.

It was the 139th commencement at Hastings High School.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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