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Mariah Norris and Joel Heredia spend a quiet moment together before graduating with the East Bakersfield HIgh School class of 2014 Wednesday morning.

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Matthew Palmbach gets a hand from fellow East Bakersfield HIgh School graduate, Crystal Ramos, right, before graduating Wednesday in Bakersfield.

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Ruben Lemus waits with his East Bakersfield High School graduates before walking across the stage at the Rabobank Arena Wednesday to receive his diploma along with more than 400 other students.

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East Bakersfield High School graduates wait in the wings of the downtown Rabobank Arena before Wednesday's commencement ceremony.

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About 436 East Bakersfield High School graduates anticipate crossing the stage Wednesday to receive their diplomas while friends and family cheer them on.

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Friends share some time together before graduating from East Bakersfield High School at the Rabobank Arena, Wednesday morning.

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East Bakersfield High School students were excited after singing happy birthday to their principal Lee Vasquez Wednesday to help him celebrate his birthday before the graduation ceremony.

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East Bakersfield High School graduates have fun singing Happy Birthday to their principal, Lee Vasquez, before Wednesday's commencement ceremony at the Rabobank Convention Center.

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East Bakersfield HIgh School principal Lee Vasquez gives the 436 graduates a pep talk before the commencement ceremony Wednesday, then the students sang Happy Birthday to him.

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An excited group of East Bakersfield High School graduates prepares for their commencement exercises Wednesday at the Rabobank Convention Center.

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The trumpeters performed in unison as the East Bakersfield High School students walk into the Rabobank Convention Center for Wednesday's class of 2014 commencement ceremony.

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Proud East Bakersfield High School students smile at the large crowd during the class of 2014 commencement ceremony Wednesday in Bakersfield.

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Silhouetted mortarboards worn by East Bakersfield HIgh School graduates are seen in the foreground Wednesday as 436 graduates line up on the Rabobank Convention Center stage.

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East Bakersfield High School principal Lee Vasquez addresses the more than 400 graduates Wednesday.

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East Bakersfield High School students walk into the Rabobank Arena for graduation Wednesday.

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The 2014 East Bakersfield High School graduates' entire class photo in a crowded Rabobank Convention Center Wednesday.

More than 400 East Bakersfield High School seniors graduated Wednesday morning during ceremonies at the Rabobank Theater.

Californian photographer Casey Christie shares these images from the day.