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Family and friends of nearly 315 graduates gathered at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center on Tuesday for South Albany High School’s graduation on Tuesday. At top, Emily Matteson, third from right, Stephanie Dibone and Tyler Whittaker toss their mortarboards. At right, Mikayla Dye, left, Devyn Exceen, Jacob Fields, Nickolas Finneman and David Franklin sing the school's alma mater at the ceremony's conclusion. Class of 2016 valedictorians are Stephanie Dilbone and Tyler Whittaker. Dilbone wants to attend Goshen College in Indiana and major in biochemistry. Whittaker will attend Santa Clara University and dual major in business and biotechnology. Salutatorian Austin Gulstrom plans to attend Oregon State University and major in mechanical engineering. (For a photo gallery, see the online version of this story at www.democratherald.com. For video from the ceremony, visit mvonline.com/video. For highlights from Lebanon's graduation Tuesday evening, turn to page A10.)

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