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Caps off to the class of 2021: A roundup of stories, photos

Seniors mark their final moments of high school

Palo Alto and Gunn high schools hosted graduation ceremonies for seniors on their respective campuses on June 2, 2021. Photos by Magali Gauthier and Adam Pardee.

This year's commencements for Midpeninsula high school students mark the first time in-person graduations have taken place since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. As the class of 2021 bids farewell, we've captured their final moments on campus through stories and photos.

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• Gunn High School: Gunn graduates look back at a year of resilience and crucial life lessons

• Palo Alto High School: 'The beginning of reconnection': Paly seniors savor last moment together in person at graduation

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Caps off to the class of 2021: A roundup of stories, photos

Seniors mark their final moments of high school

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Jun 2, 2021, 11:41 pm
Updated: Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 11:50 am

This year's commencements for Midpeninsula high school students mark the first time in-person graduations have taken place since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. As the class of 2021 bids farewell, we've captured their final moments on campus through stories and photos.

Graduation ceremony coverage

• Gunn High School: Gunn graduates look back at a year of resilience and crucial life lessons

• Palo Alto High School: 'The beginning of reconnection': Paly seniors savor last moment together in person at graduation

Graduation profiles

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Year-end celebrations for graduates

On the eve of graduation, high school seniors celebrate with a car parade

Parents band together to throw proms for Paly, Gunn seniors

List of local high school graduates

Castilleja School

East Palo Alto Academy

Eastside College Preparatory School

Henry M. Gunn High School

Kehillah Jewish High School

Menlo School

Menlo-Atherton High School

Oxford Day Academy

Palo Alto High School

Palo Alto Preparatory School

Pinewood School

Sacred Heart High School

Saint Francis High School

Waldorf School of the Peninsula

Woodside Priory School

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Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2021 at 3:57 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Jun 3, 2021 at 3:57 pm

I have a great deal of compassion and sympathy for the class of 2021. In many ways they have had a harder time of it than the class of 2020. Well done to all who have survived and put this in your life events folder to be brought out as one of the many times of celebrations in your past.

It is interesting that the class of 2020 never had the ceremony that they were promised this time last year in December. I doubt very much they care very much at this stage, but it is probably a more bitter pill for the parents and families who were not able to celebrate.

However, I think that perhaps things like graduations, weddings, and various other celebrations had become too big, too ostentatious, too expensive and too commercialized. Perhaps we will be turning to a time where small more intimate celebrations of life events will become the norm.


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