From Kendrew Morales Abueg to Christopher Gregory Zuzow, 162 students graduated Saturday morning from St. Francis High School in La Cañada.
Hundreds of family members and friends gathered around the statue of St. Francis of Assisi to watch their sons, brothers, nephews and friends take the big step.
"Thank you for coming to the conclusion of our journey through high school and witnessing our first step into our bright future," senior class president Michael Picardal said in his welcome speech.
The Class of 2010 was the 61st group of young men to make a stop at St. Francis on their journey through life, but there was something that set them apart from the 60 other classes who came before them: This was the first graduating class to have all 16 Franciscan values instilled in them through their curriculum.
Father Antonio Marti prayed that the graduates would be equipped with the strength to face their future challenges after all they had learned in high school.