NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 365
VALEDICTORIANS: Son Hoang Dang (traditional); Robert Joseph Portugues Jr. (international studies)
SALUTATORIANS: Maxwell Jefferson Duncan (traditional); U'kera Vandora Gadsden (international studies)
SPEAKERS: Senior class president Olivia Cabrera, principal Van Ayres, assistant principals Holly Frazier and Janice Mazur, Gadsden, Duncan, Portugues and Dang.
QUOTE: "Drake said it best: We started from the bottom, now we're here." — Dang, referring to Drake, the Canadian rapper, songwriter and actor.
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Principal Van Ayres graduated from Jefferson in 1992.
SPECIAL MOMENT: Jefferson graduate Jazmine Marie James was given a standing ovation after singing The Star-Spangled Banner without background music.
CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Seventy-five students received honors court recognition for having GPAs between 4.0 and 6.37. The 2013 graduates received $10,000 in scholarship money from the Thomas Jefferson Alumni Association.
Allie Davison, Auburn University, tb-two* staff