Scenes from Merrillville High School's commencement ceremony.
Photos by Kale Wilk, The Times.
Merrillville High School valedictorian Salvador Contreras gives his speech to the Class of 2021 Sunday at commencement.
Merrillville High School graduate Aysia Kirklen waits for her name to be called for her diploma in June at commencement.
Merrillville High School graduate Dallas King smiles as his name is called for his diploma Sunday during commencement.
Merrillville High School graduates exit the gymnasium following commencement ceremonies Sunday.
Merrillville High School graduate Keandra Nabors waves to the stands as graduates take their places for commencement ceremonies Sunday.
Members of the Merrillville High School choir cheer on their friends Sunday as they receive their diplomas at commencement.
Merrillville High School graduate Dallas King swings his tassel to the opposite side of his cap on Sunday during commencement.
Michelle Wilson, right, guidance counselor at Merrillville High School, helps graduate Jasmine Patterson with a quick robe adjustment Sunday at commencement.
Merrillville High School salutatorian Jameelah Ali delivers her address to the Class of 2021 Sunday at commencement.
Dante Lipford grabs his tassel as he prepares to turn it to the opposite side of his cap on Sunday during Merrillville High School's commencement ceremony.
A decorated mortarboard includes the Kanye West "Graduation" album cover on it.
Kobe Lomax, center, takes a selfie with his parents, Cleveland, left, and Ayanna on Sunday following Merrillville High School's commencement.
Heather Oestreich, math teacher at Merrillville High School, delivers the keynote address for the Class of 2021 Sunday.
A decorated motorboard plays off the lyrics of a song by The Carters.
Merrillville High School graduate Malik Walker gets a handshake Sunday as he heads back to his seat during commencement.
Merrillville High School graduate Mickaela Sanchez smiles as she receives her diploma Sunday at commencement.
Merrillville High School Principal Michael Krutz addresses the audience Sunday during commencement.
Brian Peters records on his cell phone Sunday during Merrillville High School's commencement ceremony. Peters' son, Breijon, was one of the members of the Class of 2021.
Merrillville High School graduate Dante Lipford claps after he and his classmates turned their tassels on Sunday during commencement.
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