High school is history for Ketchikan's Class of 2021.

The Ketchikan School District graduated 130 seniors at Kayhi on Sunday with a smattering of school officials and professionals recording the event as the only in-person witnesses.

The district closed the ceremony to parents and others who might have liked to attend because of the community's high percentage of novel coronavirus cases. However, the opportunity to watch via a livestream was made available.

Following the high school ceremony, the town turned out for a graduation walk by the graduates at the Port of Ketchikan.

Five of the students graduated with a grade point average of 4.0 and 32 with a GPA of at least 3.5. Eighteen graduates are members of the National Honor Society, and 31 received the National President's Award.

The weekend has been one of honoring the graduates and encouraging them to pursue the opportunities in which they are most intrigued. There is much from which to choose.

And, as those who preceded them, we hope to see the grads' good character on display as they enter the next chapter in their lives. That, truly, and with honesty, they will do their part to make life better for others, thereby setting an example for those coming behind them and improving on what generations before have accomplished.

High school graduation is one of life's monumental achievements. May this year’s graduates continue the upward trajectory from here.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021.