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Trinity High Holds Commencement Ceremony

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Dozens of high schools across North Dakota held commencement ceremonies yesterday. While there were tears of joy and sadness at all of them, those at Dickinson Trinity had a deeper meaning.

Every senior at Dickinson Trinity knew this day was coming, they just didn't know it would be here.

"When we first heard about the fire, some of my friends and I were texting and we said we're walking across that stage even if we have to wear gas masks," says Gretchen Weir a Trinity graduating senior.

The smell of smoke still hangs in the air and lingers in the hallways, but that only ignited the school spirit amongst the graduating class. As graduates wrote down favorite memories from their time at Trinity, many weren't dwelling on the fire.

Nonetheless, it was still in the back of people's minds.

"A lot of people put a lot of sweat and tears into making sure it's as good as it can be. If you had never walked in the auditorium before today, I don't know if you'd know anything had happened," says Steve Glasser the Dickinson Catholic Schools President.

All of the seniors say it means a lot that they can graduate in this building, but many say it's also special to receive their diploma on the same stage as their parents and siblings.

"When the fire happened, we all thought it wasn't going to happen. So, when I finally found out I was going to walk across it, it meant a lot because I'm the last one to get it finished and keep the tradition alive," says Nicholas Klug, whose four older siblings and father all graduated from Trinity.

It was an emotional day for families too.

"It means a lot because all of our other children got to walk across the Trinity stage, and for our last child to do it, it means a lot to us," says Russ Klug, Nicholas' father. "For all the hard work that everybody put in to make this day possible."

There weren't many dry eyes in the auditorium as students heard their names and crossed the stage.

"Being in Trinity High School and being a Titan was way more than that fire," says Weir.

As Dickinson Catholic Schools President Steve Glasser told the class, the future starts today, not tomorrow.

After this spring, there's only one way to describe Trinity's class of 2014: Titan Strong.

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