Luverne High School Principal Ryan Johnson opened the Class of 2015 commencement exercises.Retiring Superintendent of Schools Gary Fisher addresses the Class of 2015.Drew Weis (center) accompanies the Luverne High School concert choir for the last time. The group performed “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with Seana Graber directing.Soon-to-be high school graduates Spencer Schacht (left) and Mckenzi Wenninger welcomed fellow Luverne High School Class of 2015 graduates, friends and family members to Sunday’s commencement exercises at the Luverne Elementary School.Wyatt Hoag (far left) Jake Aukes, Colton Arends and Blair Altman look around the Luverne Elementary School gymnasium as a fire alarm blares during Sunday’s Class of 2015 commencement exercises Sunday.Tennessee Bruhn hands principal Ryan Johnson a ball bearing as she receives her diploma.New high school graduate Drew Weis (center) poses for pictures after Luverne High School commencement exercises Sunday in the elementary commons.Luverne High School secretary Diana Ouverson hands new graduate Casey Klosterbuer his signed diploma after commencement exercises Sunday in the elementary school commons.Zachary Suelter waits his turn to cross the stage to receive his diploma.Mortarboards flew Sunday afternoon signifying the end of Luverne High School’s Class of 2015 commencement exercises Sunday in the elementary gymnasium.

Class of 2015 graduates from Luverne High School

Despite the interruption from a fire alarm, Sunday’s commencement exercises for Luverne’s Class of 2015 flowed smoothly and focused on the class motto, “We have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go.”

Nine of the Class of 2015 high school graduates spoke to the crowd of fellow students, friends and family members seated in the Luverne Elementary School gymnasium.

Spencer Schacht and Mckenzi Wenninger started the encouragement by looking back at their elementary and middle school years during their welcome to open Luverne commencement exercises. The duo used party poppers to set the celebratory tone for the program.

Finnish exchange student Akseli Hatakka reflected on his time and experiences in Luverne followed by the main address presented by Naomi Dooyema, Drew Weis, Lexie Severtson and Brooke Nattress.

Lexi Rust and Madeline Stegenga delivered the farewell address.

As high school Principal Ryan Johnson was introducing Gary Fisher for his final superintendent’s speech, the fire alarm sounded.

Audience members and students stayed in their seats, and after several minutes Fisher announced, “One of our future students found the fire alarm too tempting not to touch.”

During the ceremony, the Luverne High School concert band played “The Hunger Games,” and the high school concert choir performed “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

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