Manatee High School graduation at a glance
Graduates: 500 Speakers: Students Rebecca Byrnes, Jake Parsons and Victoria Thrall
Shining moment: Honorary diploma presented on behalf of Manatee High student Hugo Arellano who died March 8, 2014, in a crash.
Best quote: "Imagine high school as training wheels to the adult world, the actual bicycle," Parsons said.
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Interesting: As graduates were called, storm clouds began to rubble nearby and some wondered if rain would dampen festivities as in previous years.