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Congratulations, Class of '22! Detroit Lakes High School holds 132nd Commencement

A total of 198 students received their diplomas in a ceremony held Sunday, May 22.

Marit Engum was the first of three students to speak to the graduating class during a ceremony at Detroit Lakes High School on Sunday, May 22.
Marit Engum was the first of three students to speak to the graduating class during a ceremony at Detroit Lakes High School on Sunday, May 22.
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DETROIT LAKES — "Why didn't the fish graduate?," a smiling Luisa Walz asked her classmates during the Detroit Lakes High School Class of 2022 commencement ceremony on Sunday.

Many of her peers, sitting together in their red caps and gowns, broke into smiles; others took the bait and wondered aloud, “Why?”

“Because the grades were all under C," said Walz, delivering the punchline like a well-seasoned comedian.

While the fish may have struggled with making the grade, that wasn’t an issue for the 198 seniors who graduated this year. The ceremony was held at the school's Lakeshirts Fieldhouse at 2 p.m. May 22.

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Solomon Gulbranson posed with loved ones for a picture after the 135 commencement ceremony at Detroit Lakes High School concluded with the class of 2022 on Sunday, May 22.<br/><br/>
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Two other students also addressed the class during the ceremony, Marit Engum and Luther Van Offelen.

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Engum, an honor graduate who received the coveted four-year Robert and June Paulson Scholarship, opened her speech with gratitude. She thanked the faculty and staff for providing opportunities and an education, and then applauded the graduate’s parents for providing support and encouragement.

Engum also reflected on how time can move both fast and slow. She explained that there were times graduation seemed far away, but somehow the day arrived quickly.

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Amahz'Janae Jones holds up the diploma she earned from Detroit Lakes High School for pictures after the ceremony on Sunday, March 22. <br/>

Van Offelen admitted he was nervous about giving his speech, but the jitters dissipated when he realized that he wouldn’t see 90% of the crowd's faces again. While some seniors may not meet again until their 10-year reunion, Van Offelen noted how their shared, unique experiences bonded them — from school construction projects that started in their sophomore year and concluded their senior year, to a pandemic that brought isolation and uncertainty to many classmates.

The latter, he said, made him realize how “truly precious” their high school years were.

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Madison Olson smiles at a classmate as other students file into the gym for the 132nd Commencement at Detroit Lakes High School on Sunday, May 22.<br/><br/>
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Teacher Mike Labine said the graduates received a door-opening education that can take them into the workforce, additional schooling or the military.

He then quoted a Chinese proverb, “There are many paths up the mountain, but the view from the top is the same.”

He encouraged the graduates to always remember their class motto: “Nothing we do changes the past — everything we do changes the future.”

Principal Joshua Omang commended the class when he spoke, noting how they have shown "resilience, talent and compassion"; three important life skills.

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Savannah Burrow was all smiles as Detroit Lakes High School Principal Joshua Omang moved the tassel on her hat to the other side, signifying she is an official high school graduate.
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Angel Sanchez waved to members of the crowd as he walked to his seat during the Detroit Lakes High School commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22.
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Members of the 2022 graduating class of Detroit Lakes High School walked the red stripe around the gymnasium to cheers and applause.
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Detroit Lakes High School Principal Joshua Omang addressed the 2022 graduating class before the diplomas were handed out.
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The 198 Detroit Lakes High School graduating class of 2022 threw their hats into the air to conclude the 132nd commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22.
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Students from the 2022 graduating class of Detroit Lakes High School met with classmates, family and friends after the ceremony concluded.
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