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
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the 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.