With pomp, circumstance and humor, nearly 1,600 students received diplomas Friday and Saturday during Columbia County commencement exercises.
Harlem High School led off the weekend’s marathon of ceremonies, with 173 seniors receiving their diplomas at the school’s stadium.
It was the first time in 30 years that a Columbia County public school has held graduation on its own campus, and students recognized the importance of the event.
“It was wonderful, I’m so glad they did it out here,” said salutatorian Madeline Shepherd. “It represents our small Harlem community.”