Ladies in red and young men in black marched up the steps in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center Theaters tonight to finish their high school journey.
The Chittenango Central High School class of 2009 prepared for the big entrance by helping one another with their caps and reminiscing about good times.
Some students have plans to attend Onondaga County Community College, enroll in a SUNY school, enlist in the NAVY, but most importantly they will make the most of their summer vacation before entering the "real world."
"This is such a terrific class," said CCHS assistant principal DeeDee Hagemann. "They've been wonderful."
Before the procession, some seniors talked about walking across the stage to receive their diploma and tossing their hats in the air, which will be their last memories of CCHS.
While the CCHS Orchestra played the harmony of "Pomp and Circumstance," seniors marched in to the theater as they waved to friends and family in the crowd.
CCHS principal Derek Sajnog started out the evening with efforts to remind all the seniors of memories as far back as fifth grade. He wished them a bright future, but most of all, he said he wanted them to always remember their high school memories.
Seniors and attendants heard speeches from five students, including National Honor Society President Raymond Boronczyk, salutatorian Ryan Schiedo, Valedictorian Eric Murray, class president Ryan MacConnell and Paige Liddle delivered the invocation.
MacConnell turned out to be more than a speaker when he surprised everyone with a song. He dedicated and sang a song called "13 Years," which covered everything from the beginning of their journey, to friendships and in the end, goodbye.
Community members can call 687-6485 for information on obtaining a DVD of the 34th CCHS commencement ceremony.