It is a milestone event for students across the globe, and in Katherine, it has been captured expertly by professional photographer Kim Shanahan.
Katherine High School's cohort of year 12 students graduated last week at what principal Dan Murtas has summarised in one word as a 'spectacular' night.
"I would like to congratulate all of our year 12 students who have worked extremely hard to make it through school and onto a pathway that they will enjoy," he said.
The night in one word can be described as spectacularKatherine High School principal Dan Murtas
"I wish you all the best in your exams and most importantly your future aspirations. Please know that even though your formal secondary schooling has finished, through the meaningful relationships you have built with the staff at Katherine High School, you will always be welcome to keep in touch and access further support."
Charlotte Pickering and Treb Garcia were awarded DUX of the school.
Chanielle Cameron was recognised for her achievements in the Stars Foundation Indigenous Girls award, and the Clontarf Indigenous Boys award was presented to Kaylom Johnson.
World Teachers Day
The focus was on educators across the Northern Territory on Friday as their hard work was recognised on World Teachers Day.
The work of three standouts were highlighted: Hayley Shone was awarded Secondary Educator of the Year, Daniel Murtas - Principal of the Year and Adrienne McMahon - Vocational Educator of the Year.
"The teachers at Katherine High School are an outstanding team that are dedicated to their work and work hard to provide the best education possible to our students," Mr Murtas said.
"I would like to acknowledge the work our staff do to make a positive difference to our students lives and extend my sincerest thanks to them for doing what they do."
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