Forty-seven students from across the district who wrapped up their summer session requirements are now official graduates.

Of those 47 students, 13 participated in the district’s fall graduation ceremony at Ocean View High School on Tuesday.

The annual ceremony gives students who could not graduate in June an opportunity to wear their cap and gown while walking across the stage in front of family and friends.

Superintendent Clint Harwick, the guest speaker for the event, said the reasons that the students did not graduate in June varied from student to student. He challenged the graduates to continue to persevere through life’s difficult moments.

“Remember during those times of trial to believe in yourself, stick through it and that it’s okay to lean on others too,” Harwick said.

After the speech, the students were presented with their diploma and congratulated by their respective principal.