Four years of hard work paid off Wednesday for members of the La Cañada High School Class of 2012, who took to the field at Spartan Stadium to receive their diplomas.
“I am relieved,” said Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-bound Caitlin Perry, 18, as she lined up alongside her classmates. “I am excited to move on to the next adventure. It is a little sad to leave your friends behind, but it is exciting.”
Family members and friends, many toting flowers and balloons, crowded the stadium bleachers for the commencement ceremony, which featured performances by the school choir and instrumental ensemble.
The 326 graduating seniors donned gowns in the school's traditional cardinal and gold, but the tops of their mortar boards told the story.
The caps were brightly decorated with the logos of the colleges and universities where the students will enroll next year.
As in past years, 99% of La Cañada High graduates will pursue higher education, most at universities and four-year colleges.