People honouring the 17 graduates packed the gymnasium of Chief Jimmy Bruneau school, May 29.
"There has been a lot of work put into helping students graduate," said Nora Doig, Rae-Edzo's school society chair for the Dogrib Community Services Board.
Doig credits the teachers for guiding the students through their academics, but also says attitudes about school are shifting.
"People are starting to realize how important education is," Doig said.
Class valedictorian, Doreen Apples, shares this view. Students have begun to take their education more seriously and have realized the importance of having their high school diploma, said Apples.
"(A diploma) is what you need to survive. Without it you have nothing else to fall back on," Apples said.
She said many of the graduates have started applying to university or college.
But the road to success has not been easy. Students had to have acceptable grades by April 7 in order to participate in the ceremony, said Apples. The task had some of them working overtime.
"In the end, last minute, they all pulled through," Apples said. "They all worked really hard."
Check News/North's June 28 edition where we'll have a special feature saluting graduates from around the North.