Clear blue skies that faded into Thursday night lights provided the perfect backdrop for a high school graduation ceremony —- which the Auburn community enjoyed en mass at Duck Samford Stadium on May 20.

A crowd of about 6,000 made up of families, teachers, students and administrators came together to celebrate Auburn High School’s Class of 2021 — the largest graduating class in the school’s history with 629 students. 

It was the first high school graduation ever held at The Duck. The ceremony normally takes place at Auburn Arena, but had to be moved because of Covid-19.

Graduates adorned in blue robes listened to speeches made by district officials and class representatives, and clapped and cheered as their classmates received their diplomas. 

The roughly two-hour long ceremony was capped off with a ceremonial graduation cap toss and fireworks display.

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