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Nomongo Dorjsuren chats with friends before the Gov. Thomas Johnson High School commencement exercises Tuesday at Mount St. Mary’s University’s Knott Arena.

In a sea of red polyester, with a bit of royal blue and white, Gov. Thomas Johnson High School’s Class of 2017 transitioned from high school seniors to graduates Tuesday in a ceremony full of musical talent, words of wisdom and tradition.

For the second consecutive year, the school’s drum line led the recessional with a toe-tapping rendition of “TJ Cadence.” The performance wrapped up the ceremony, which was the second in a line of Frederick County high school graduations this week.

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