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Graduates Celebrate With Parade and Ceremony

Nome residents lined the streets to celebrate the graduation of the high school’s class of 2024. A parade of nearly 50 vehicles, elaborately decorated by the graduates, wound its way through the town’s neighborhoods, with graduates tossing candy to the cheering crowds. This annual tradition started during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to practice social distancing while still honoring the graduates’ achievements.

The ceremony took place at Nome Beltz High School, kicking off with a live piano rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance.” After speeches from school officials, the Saint Lawrence Island Dance Group performed traditional drum dances. The student speaks, including the salutatorian and valedictorian, reflected on the unique challenges their class faced due to COVID-19, commending their resilience and ability to make it through those difficult times. As the graduates received their diplomas one by one, a slideshow displayed their baby pictures and future plans, accompanied by upbeat music.

KNOM live streamed the entire Nome Beltz High School graduation ceremony on our Facebook page, allowing our listeners from around the world to share in this joyous occasion.

Image at the top: Nome Beltz Graduates, Richard Cross and Son Erickson celebrate their accomplishments in the community parade. Photo By Ben Townsend, KNOM.

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