All photos — Bryan Haeffele

The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017 was still held outdoors on the stadium on Friday, as no weather was going to prevent these seniors from having one more beautiful day in Darien.

The commencement itself is always more than simple speeches and thank yous, but a showcase of the talents and achievements that made this particular class so special.

Avery Brook, President of the Community Council, welcomed teachers, administrators, the Board of Education, everyone who works for Darien Schools, and of course the families and friends in the audience to start the ceremony.

Brook said, “it has been an incredibly privilege to represent this phenomenal class as Community Council President.”

Brook also pointed out that this year had record attendance at Homecoming, and record ticket sales for the spring musical, testaments to just how much these seniors do outside the classroom that benefits DHS and the community at large.

Read full coverage, including class list and speeches here.