Chaparral celebrates during windy graduation ceremony

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Chaparral High School sent its class of 2013 out into the world with pat on the back and a few words of advice.

Outgoing principal Ron Peterson delivered a farewell speech that will resonate with the 543 graduates for years to come, while parents proudly snapped photos to capture the milestone event.

Peterson lauded the class of 2013 for completing more than 20,000 hours of community service, racking up nearly $13 million in scholarships and contributing thousands of dollars for charity through local fundraisers.

A biting north wind caused dozens of caps to tumble across the field at Sports Authority Stadium May 23, but the grads simply laughed off the disturbance and rejoiced in their accomplishment.