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caption: Cleveland Stem High School senior Parris Sanjose laughs with classmates before the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Cleveland Stem High School senior Parris Sanjose laughs with classmates before the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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PHOTOS: Seattle area seniors graduate together, in person

After a long period of isolation and virtual learning as a result of the pandemic, many Seattle area seniors graduated this week together, in person.

"Honestly, being here means the world to me," said Cleveland Stem High School senior Janea Robinne Diloy. "Being able to represent in person and make my family proud - I’m just so happy to be here today.”

Family and friends cheered proudly for graduates from socially distanced assigned seating areas in the stands of Memorial Stadium on Tuesday evening.

caption: Garfield High School senior Jabez Taualo holds his diploma after an in-person graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. "It's a true honor to be here today," said Taualo.
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Garfield High School senior Jabez Taualo holds his diploma after an in-person graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. "It's a true honor to be here today," said Taualo.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Cleveland Stem High School seniors line up before taking their seats ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Cleveland Stem High School seniors line up before taking their seats ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Cleveland Stem High School senior Amanjey Kidane stands for a portrait ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. "We're growing up into adulthood and it's going to be overwhelming, but this is kind of like a new chapter," said Kidane. "I'm very excited but at the same time kind of anxious."
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Cleveland Stem High School senior Amanjey Kidane stands for a portrait ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. "We're growing up into adulthood and it's going to be overwhelming, but this is kind of like a new chapter," said Kidane. "I'm very excited but at the same time kind of anxious."
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Cleveland Stem High School senior Isabella Caldejon waits in line while wearing slippers before the start of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Cleveland Stem High School senior Isabella Caldejon waits in line while wearing slippers before the start of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Cleveland Stem High School seniors walk to their seats ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Cleveland Stem High School seniors walk to their seats ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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caption: Cleveland Stem High School senior Julia Nuñez Alvarez celebrates after picking up her diploma on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, during an in-person commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Cleveland Stem High School senior Julia Nuñez Alvarez celebrates after picking up her diploma on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, during an in-person commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Garfield High School seniors graduate in-person on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Garfield High School seniors graduate in-person on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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caption: Cleveland Stem High School seniors from left, Makana Haynes, Megan Louie, Isabella Caldejon and Aaliyah Caldejon talk before the start of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Cleveland Stem High School seniors from left, Makana Haynes, Megan Louie, Isabella Caldejon and Aaliyah Caldejon talk before the start of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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caption: Betty Ayneta, center, and Genet Tesfamariam cheer for their cousin and nephew, graduate Haben Yohannes, as the Cleveland Stem High School class of 2021 walks into Memorial Stadium ahead of the commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Seattle.
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Betty Ayneta, center, and Genet Tesfamariam cheer for their cousin and nephew, graduate Haben Yohannes, as the Cleveland Stem High School class of 2021 walks into Memorial Stadium ahead of the commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: "The world is yours" reads Cleveland Stem High School senior Fana Amanuel's cap ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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"The world is yours" reads Cleveland Stem High School senior Fana Amanuel's cap ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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caption: Eduardo Taualo assists his son, Jabez Taualo, with a cultural headdress honoring their families heritage and High Chiefs of Samoa, ahead of taking family portraits after the Garfield High School in-person commencement ceremony for the class of 2021, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. "It's a true honor to be here today," said Taualo.
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Eduardo Taualo assists his son, Jabez Taualo, with a cultural headdress honoring their families heritage and High Chiefs of Samoa, ahead of taking family portraits after the Garfield High School in-person commencement ceremony for the class of 2021, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. "It's a true honor to be here today," said Taualo.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Cleveland Stem High School seniors line up before taking their seats ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Cleveland Stem High School seniors line up before taking their seats ahead of the in-person commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Twin sisters from left, Kasey and Penelope Caldejon, hold images of their sisters, also twins, Isabella and Aaliyah Caldejon, ahead of the Cleveland Stem High School in-person graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Twin sisters from left, Kasey and Penelope Caldejon, hold images of their sisters, also twins, Isabella and Aaliyah Caldejon, ahead of the Cleveland Stem High School in-person graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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caption: Cleveland Stem High School seniors celebrate after graduating in-person on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Cleveland Stem High School seniors celebrate after graduating in-person on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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caption: Tuji Ahmed poses for a picture with his family members after graduating from Cleveland Stem High School in-person, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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Tuji Ahmed poses for a picture with his family members after graduating from Cleveland Stem High School in-person, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer