More than 900 Tooele County high school seniors received their diplomas in three separate commencement ceremonies Thursday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City.
For the graduates, the ceremonies represented an end to one era of their lives and the beginning of another — adulthood. Optimism was a recurring theme in the various speeches given from the stage, as valedictorians and salutatorians alike encouraged their classmates to make the most of their opportunites beyond high school.
Other graduates chose to give their message in the form of song, showing off their talents in front of their friends and family members.
Thousands of people made the drive from Tooele County to support the latest batch of graduates from Tooele, Grantsville and Stansbury high schools. This was the first year all three high schools had their commencement ceremonies at the Huntsman Center, with Grantsville moving its graduation from its own campus for the first time.
Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.
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