And they had they own way of doing things, such as turning rings around before the turning of the tassels and throwing their caps into the air.
But first came the official ceremony.
Valedictorian Helen Xiang thanked teachers for helping her learn and then turned her attention to her classmates.
“May you go on to influence others the way you have influenced me,” Xiang said. “Appreciate the finer things of life. Our time on this planet is limited and precious. Assess what you can and cannot do. I hope we change it for the better.”
Columbia County Schools Superintendent Charles Nagle had advice for the graduates, too.
“Make a plan and set goals,” Nagle said. “Today is the first day of your future. The decisions you make today will determine the way you live the rest of your life.”
Afterward, graduate Wade Kehoe was ready to see what is next.
“I feel great, absolutely fantastic,” Kehoe said. “The best part is being across the finish line and knowing we have a whole other chapter to write.”