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A young graduate smiles at the graduation rehearsal for Dutch ClarkThe first commencement ceremony of the season belongs to the Pilots of Dutch Clark Digital at Paragon.

Tuesday morning, under the direction of DCD at Paragon Principal Rich Mestas and staff, more than 150 members of the Class of 2024 prepared for Thursday's 6 p.m. commencement by rehearsing their entrance into the Southwest Motors Events Center and the crossing of the stage to receive their hard-earned high school diploma.

Principal Mestas took a break from his supervising duties to slip on a bass guitar as part of the D60 student band Echo Chamber, which will perform at the ceremony.