On a bright, but cool afternoon, the Spring Grove High School graduating class of 2013 turned their tassels and smiled with delight.

Four foreign exchange students that had become part of the class also went through the ceremony with their 21 classmates.

The senior class was led into the gymnasium by kindergarten escorts, Brandon Jahnke and Claire Solberg. They were followed by junior escorts, Jack Benson and Mariah Deschler.

Heartfelt speeches were given by salutatorian Kayla Hahn, valedictorian Angel Spinden and honor students Josh Olerud and Randi Mehus.

Two school board members had graduating seniors - Shannon Schuttemeier and Michelle Borreson. Along with handing their sons their diplomas, they also gave and received all-encompassing hugs!

The graduates proudly strode out of the gymnasium to the band's rendition of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. Afterwards, they greeted family, friends and guests that attended the ceremony.