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THEN: On June 17, 1979, Edmondson High School seniors smile and cheer in celebration of earning their diplomas at the end of their senior year. This was the first year that proficiency tests were a requirement for graduation. (Irving H. Phillips Jr., Baltimore Sun file photo 1979)

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NOW: On June 7, 2013, Meade High School graduate Shovonte Bowen, center, cheers after turning her tassel during the graduation ceremony in Upper Marboro. (Monica Herndon, Baltimore Sun Media Group photo 2013)

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