High school seniors continue picking up their diplomas this weekend. Watching — sometimes whooping — in the stands were the adults who have played a part in helping them reach this milestone. Some, for example, dedicated their summers to driving the students up and down the East Coast as part of summer league sports teams and camps or convinced them to attend diversity and leadership training programs whose work soon became their passion. Others taxied them to debate club, spelling bees, robotics competitions, plays, recitals, and volunteer service hours during the school year. Still others provided examples for them to follow through their words and actions.

The News & Record asked a sampling of graduates to write "thank you" letters to those people who were there for them. You might not know who they are talking about, but the sentiment that people have been there for them is pretty universal. We edited for style and clarity, but otherwise, these are their words.

— Staff Writer Nancy McLaughlin

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