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Throughout the county students are crossing the stage and into a new chapter in their lives and Carroll County Times is there to bring you all the great moments of local graduations, commencements, and more.

Silver Oak Academy is a private, residential all-boys facility contracted by the state for youth who have been in trouble with the law. There were 14 graduates —  13 of which walked — at Thursday's ceremony.

2018 Silver Oak Academy Graduation, Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ashley Thomas, who graduated from Manchester Valley High School Saturday, said she came into the school as a quiet freshman but is learning what it takes to be a leader.

Images from Manchester Valley's Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony at McDaniel College in Westminster Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Images from Winters Mill High School's graduation ceremony at McDaniel College in Westminster Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Four years ago, when Rene Barrera came from Mexico to a farm north of Westminster, he didn’t speak a word of English. “At first it was hard,” Barrera, a June 9 Winters Mill High School graduate, said. “I lived in Mexico for my entire life.”

Caprina Smith, 17, completed two AP art portfolios in her senior year at Liberty High School: one for drawing and one for two-dimensional digital art. "Sometimes we just know. ...You get this student and you run over to the other art teacher and go, ‘Look at this!’ She was that student."

Images from Liberty High School's 37th annual graduation exercises at McDaniel College in Westminster Friday, June 8, 2018.

Adam Lovellette spent nearly 15 years at Gerstell Academy. Over that time, he’s watched the school grow and change — something he paralleled over his years as well.

Gerstell Academy's Class of 2018 was honored on Friday, June 8, 2018 in Finksburg.

Amber Legore, 17, has been interning at the Eldersburg Veterinary Hospital since late January and her dreams of becoming a veterinarian out west were becoming more clear as she prepared for her Thursday, June 7, graduation from South Carroll High School.

Pictures from the commencement ceremonies for South Carroll High's Class of 2018 at McDaniel College on Thursday, June 7.

Folderauer has been in 10 of the 12 shows the high school has put on during his time there, including the musical “Catch me if you Can” this spring, an experience that took acting from something he had dabbled with as a hobby to something he’s now considering as a career.

Century graduate Robert Martin loved his four years as a Century Knight. Now he's headed to the Air Force Academy.

Graduating Francis Scott Key High School Senior Jessica Tanzey has always been a people person, so it’s no wonder it’s the people of FSK, students and staff, she says she will miss the most after graduation.

Erin Delph, who will graduate with the Carroll Christian Schools Class of 2018 on Friday night, has a unique goal for her next step at Carroll County Community College. “I’m hoping that by the end of my two years that I’ll know everyone,” she said.

Two students of Carroll Springs School in Westminster took the stage Thursday evening to celebrate their graduation. Family, teachers and administrators joined Kyle Taylor and Benjamin Mulrenin in a ceremony at Carroll Community College’s Scott Center.

In the past year, Summer McElroy’s life has changed dramatically. Over the last 12 months, she’s gotten a second chance, and will receive both her certificate of completion at Gateway High School and a Carroll County Public Schools diploma.

More than 400 undergraduate and graduate students walked across the stage at the Gill Center on a rainy morning May 19 for the 148th McDaniel College Commencement.

Savannah Dawson, who grew up on her family’s farm north of Westminster, said she’s the first in her family to have gone to college. McDaniel was never on her radar, but she and her mom were looking at schools and decided to give the college a chance. She fell in love and said, "this is home."

CCPS has a total of five post-secondary programs, which are for students with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school but still receive services through their 21st birthday.

The nearly 300 students, ranging in age from 18 to 64, graduated Wednesday afternoon at the 25th commencement ceremony.

May 19 McDaniel College graduate Agut Odolla plans to work with refugees and immigrants, something she always wanted to do, having been one herself. Her personal experience, she said, gives her something to offer others.

Marquise Findley-Smith was brought up in a single-family household with his older brother and mother. He credit’s his mom’s sacrifices in life to make sure he stayed on the right path, and in the right school system.

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