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'BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE'

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge High School receptionist JJ Elske's son Dutton Elske, the oldest of her three kids, enjoys commencement on June 3 with his mom at his side.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego High School student Drew Todd celebrates his right to wear a cap and gown at commencement on Friday.Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools said goodbye not only to more than 600 seniors but also to a couple of key administrators at graduation ceremonies last week.

Assistant Principal Rollin Dickinson bid farewell to Lakeridge High on Thursday after being named an honorary graduate at commencement.

“You guys are going to live beautiful lives and think beautiful thoughts — and be beautiful people,” he told the school’s 302 grads. “You already are.”

Dickinson will become principal at LOHS on July 1, replacing Cindy Schubert, who told the school’s 317 graduates on Friday that they’d “made a significant impact” on the people with whom they had worked.

Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Heather Beck said in her send-off for grads at both commencements that they shouldn’t underestimate their own power. Beck said that as a middle-school life science teacher, she had read that it takes 80 trees to produce enough oxygen for one person’s lifetime. After that, whenever people asked her for gift ideas, she’d request that they plant a tree.

After she’d gotten to 80 trees, Beck said, she did the same for her son. And now, she’s seeking another 80 trees for her daughter-in-law. She recently learned the endeavor had inspired others.

“Your passions, your sense of fairness, your willingness to forgive, the words you speak, the impressions you make, the joy you bring to those around you,” she said. “Those acts of kindness may seem small, but as William Wordsworth said, they are not ‘unremembered.’”

Look for Top Scholars, award winners, a complete list of graduates and lots of smiling faces in a special graduation section that’s included in today’s Review.

Jillian Daley