Go out and explore and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Derek Hetland, Osakis High School senior, shared that advice with his fellow classmates during the Osakis graduation ceremony Saturday, June 2.

Hetland, along with four other seniors – Lauren Savageau, Riley Mounsdon, Karlee Hoffarth and Shane Massmann – were the speakers during the ceremony. There will 57 graduates in the Class of 2018.

At the end of his speech, Hetland told the Class of 2018, “Let’s go out and enjoy the ride.”

Mounsdon thanked the people of Osakis for being “the best community ever” and wished his fellow classmates good luck as they set out on their own.

Hoffarth shared what she called were three simple words, “You get to.”

She said her dad, Brad Hoffarth, a sixth grade teacher and activities director in Osakis, taught her to say those words instead of saying, “I have to.”

“We are the future and we get to start today,” she said.

Superintendent Randy Bergquist, who announced the scholarship winners, shared some statistics about the Osakis graduation class. He said that 91 percent of the high school seniors graduating this year will attend either a college, university or technical institute. He added that during their high school career, the students earned a total of nearly 2,500 college credits while in high school, which is an estimated savings of more than $656,000.

And he said that most, if not all, of those credits will be accepted at the schools the Class of 2018 will be attending.