Raucous Raptors rocked the rafters at the conclusion of Sunday’s commencement at East Ridge High School.

Nearly 450 giddy grads tossed their hats in the air at the conclusion of the ceremony in the school’s gymnasium, as Principal Jim Smokrovich introduced the class of 2016 to the world.

In her remarks to her classmates, class president Haley Webb recalled her anxiety during her first year at East Ridge. She wondered if kids from Cottage Grove would mix with kids from Woodbury.

They would and did.

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from - Cottage Grove or Woodbury or Newport or St. Paul Park,” Webb said.

Haley’s classmate and fellow student senior speaker Phillip Harris waxed nostalgic by quoting a line from the television comedy series “The Office:” “‘I wish there was a way to know you're in 'the good old days' before you've actually left them."

Students received their diplomas from members of the South Washington County School Board.

“I’d like to thank you for the legacy you left at East Ridge High School and the South Washington County School District,” Superintendent Keith Jacobus told the class.