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DHS celebrates commencement

Donning caps and tassels, 188 Dickinson High School students will prepare for their graduation ceremony today.

Commencement is an exciting day for the graduates and families, Dickinson Public Schools Superintendent Douglas Sullivan said, adding that he wishes all students good fortune.

"It is the goal of the school system that all students will be properly prepared for whatever their life holds for them in the future," he said "Whether that is college or going off to work."

For most students it has been a mixture of excitement and nervousness as graduation day approaches, student Ali Jangula said.

"No one knows what is going to be in the future," she said. "We are sad to say goodbye, but it is time to go on to bigger things."

Jangula said she is going to miss playing tennis and being part of a team. She plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study actuarial science.

Jonathan Fast said he won't mind not having to take so many tests, but the camaraderie will be irreplaceable.

"I am going to miss high school, I know that," Fast said. "I think I am going to miss all my friends and just hanging out with them the most."

Fast said he is lined up to work at an auto-body shop after graduation and might consider attending college later.

Jay Emmerich said everyone had a lot of fun during a water fight and other activities at the senior picnic. He said the commencement should be a good celebration.

"I'm a little nervous to go out, but it should be fun and I look forward to it," he said.

Emmerich plans to study accounting and finance at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.

"Everyone is excited and glad to be done," Emmerich said.

However, Sullivan said the students are really just getting started.

"Graduates are concluding one stage of life and beginning another and the Dickinson Public Schools wishes them all the very best," Sullivan said.