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The Class of 2014 celebrated at graduation ceremonies in Alameda this past week. Top left, a happy graduate poses for her family after receiving her diploma at the Alameda High School ceremony June 13 at Thompson Field. Top right, Encinal High School senior Yesenia Pena wears a decorated cap at Encinal's ceremony on June 14. Above, Okari Nyagaka, 17, gets a hug from his mother Sonia Lankford as students line up before the Alameda High School ceremony. For more photos, see pages

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A very happy graduate poses for family after receiving her diploma at the graduation ceremony for the 2014 class of Alameda High School at Thompson Field
A very happy graduate poses for family after receiving her diploma at the graduation ceremony for the 2014 class of Alameda High School at Thompson Field in Alameda, Calif., on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)


Encinal High School graduate Yesenia Pena wears a decorated cap at the Class of 2014 commencement ceremony in Alameda, Calif., June 14, 2014. This is the
Encinal High School graduate Yesenia Pena wears a decorated cap at the Class of 2014 commencement ceremony in Alameda, Calif., June 14, 2014. This is the school's 58th graduating class. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)