PHOTOS: Graduates on their big day


Isaiah Perez, Erin Traut, and Kyle Mellen share a backstage hug before heading out on the floor of the Wolstein Center to receive their diplomas.


Carter Zajkowski, Dominic Zappa, Ryan Edmundson, Jackson Hazelett, and Dalton Rich


Jordan Timko, Blake Stanley, Hannah Todd, Ryan Stepka, and Hannah Toothman


Steele band members, directed by Christopher Barbaro, play “Pomp and Circumstance.”


Physical education teacher and football coach Mark Kelley introduces each graduate during the conferment of diplomas, tearing up when he reads the name of his own son, Class of 2017 president Jacob Kelley.


District superintendent Steven Sayers, whose son Trent was among the graduates, cites a passage of “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”


Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times

It is an honor for the News-Times each year to see off the Amherst graduates we’ve come to know over the years. Many we met as kindergartners and saw through each grade, watching as they grew and changed, tried on different styles and personas, cheered at football games, built mechanical masterpieces on the robotics team, made the honor roll, anchored Steele News Live, or earned state choir honors. So in a way, these photos from Saturday’s graduation ceremony are a kind of family album for us, too. Class of 2017, we wish you only happiness and success as you head to college, the military, and the workforce. Come back to us safely and remember: Once a Comet, always a Comet.

Isaiah Perez, Erin Traut, and Kyle Mellen share a backstage hug before heading out on the floor of the Wolstein Center to receive their diplomas.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_2.jpgIsaiah Perez, Erin Traut, and Kyle Mellen share a backstage hug before heading out on the floor of the Wolstein Center to receive their diplomas.

Carter Zajkowski, Dominic Zappa, Ryan Edmundson, Jackson Hazelett, and Dalton Rich
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_3.jpgCarter Zajkowski, Dominic Zappa, Ryan Edmundson, Jackson Hazelett, and Dalton Rich

Jordan Timko, Blake Stanley, Hannah Todd, Ryan Stepka, and Hannah Toothman
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_4.jpgJordan Timko, Blake Stanley, Hannah Todd, Ryan Stepka, and Hannah Toothman

Steele band members, directed by Christopher Barbaro, play “Pomp and Circumstance.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_band2.jpgSteele band members, directed by Christopher Barbaro, play “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Physical education teacher and football coach Mark Kelley introduces each graduate during the conferment of diplomas, tearing up when he reads the name of his own son, Class of 2017 president Jacob Kelley.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_dad-kelley.jpgPhysical education teacher and football coach Mark Kelley introduces each graduate during the conferment of diplomas, tearing up when he reads the name of his own son, Class of 2017 president Jacob Kelley.

District superintendent Steven Sayers, whose son Trent was among the graduates, cites a passage of “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/05/web1_DSC_7706.jpgDistrict superintendent Steven Sayers, whose son Trent was among the graduates, cites a passage of “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

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