Nearly 900 seniors from Tooele, Grantsville and Stansbury high schools earned their high school diplomas in three separate commencement ceremonies at the University of Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center on Thursday.
For the graduates, the ceremonies represented an end to one chapter of their lives and the start of another — adulthood. Optimism was a recurring theme in speeches given by valedictorians, salutatorians and guest speakers, along with encouragement for graduates to make the most of their lives and opportunities beyond high school.
While the speeches were inspiring, so too were the musical pieces performed by graduates who took one last opportunity to share their talents with their classmates, family and friends.
For each commencement ceremony, the Huntsman Center was filled with thousands of family members, friends and well-wishers whose thunderous applause and cheers acknowledged graduates of their achievement — and to embolden them to step forward with courage and purpose.
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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