The Parade of Graduates commencement for the Class of 2021 was a fitting cap to a year like no other, in that while faced with hardships the faculty and students pulled together to overcome adversity. 

Weather for the majority of the ceremony was bright, but as dusk settled, a rainstorm with some moderately severe winds buffeted the Manchester area, yet for the soggy conditions, the class of 2021 remained upbeat. This year marked a time of masks, distance learning, and finally vaccines. 

While these memories will have become part of this year's senior memories, so too have the good times, friends gained and lessons learned. The Class of 2021 has persevered. Congratulations! 

Look in this week's Manchester Times for two photo pages from the ceremony. Photos will be available next week for purchase.  

  

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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