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Graduates Petra Ruiz (left) and Daisy Mercado help each other get ready for the big ceremony. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Graduates, including Maria Salas and Armando Salazar, assemble in the gymnasium before the ceremony. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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The four commencement speakers, from left: Daniel Graham, Stephanie Schmidt, Alexandria Crisler and Jeffrank Solorzano. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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A graduate in the gymnasium doorway as students prepare to head to the football field for their graduation. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Foothill graduates and faculty assemble in the gymnasium, moments away from heading out for their commencement ceremony. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Eddie Jackson, a Kern High School District security officer assigned to Foothill High, congratulates seniors as they head to the football field for graduation. He joked that they won't have to hear him tell them "get to class" anymore. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Jersain Rojas, Christian Rojas and Fabian Romero during the processional. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Graduate Richard Timmermans hugs one of his teachers, Shawn Kunasek, before the graduation ceremony. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Martin De La Cruz waits in a gymnasium doorway before graduates head out for their commencement ceremony. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Graduate Yanelit Rios waits with her classmates to take to the football field for her commencement ceremony. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Graduates (from left) Asia Rhodes, Yanelit Rios and Cody Tillery in the gymnasium, where graduates assembled before heading to the football field. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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John Davis waits for the seniors to head from the gymnasium to the football field for Foothill's commencement ceremony. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Alexandria Crisler, one of Foothill's four commencement speakers, in the gymnasium with her classmates. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Graduate Roy Hughes took to heart the request that the graduating seniors give their teachers a rousing welcome when they entered the gymnasium prior to heading to the football field for the ceremony. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Foothill High graduates watch their classmates enter the stadium and look for family and friends in the audience. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

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Graduate Tammie Puentes spots her supporters in the crowd as she enters the Trojans' football stadium. Foothill High graduated 430 seniors during their commencement on campus Thursday night.

You can see it in their eyes, and in these photos. Foothill High graduates expressed joy and happiness, but also took time to reflect at their graduation Thursday night.

Take a look at their emotions through the lens of photographer John Harte.