Harford Tech High School Graduation

Harford Tech Principal Charles Hagan gives his daughter, Caroline Hagan, a big hug after she recieves her diploma Friday night. (Nicole Munchel | Aegis staff, Patuxent Homestead / June 8, 2012)

Harford Technical High School's Class of 2012 marked one of life's biggest milestones Friday evening during the school's 34th commencement ceremony.

Senior Cobras were excited, but a little nervous, while waiting for their big moment.

"I'm nervous I might fall off the stage," 17-year-old Sabrina Bahre said.

Bahre was hanging out with her friend, Jordy Testerman, 18, in the school's cafeteria, along with more than 250 students in black robes.


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"It hasn't hit me yet," Testerman said. She is excited, however, to go to the beach after graduation.

Bahre, who was a part of the school's animal science program, said she will miss that the most.

"I'll miss seeing my friend every day," Testerman said. The silver lining, she continued, is that since she will be attending Harford Community College in the fall, she is sure she will see many Harford Tech alumni on the campus.

Testerman plans to major in early childhood education and hopes to one day run a thoroughbred horse-riding program for disabled children.

Naturally, Bahre, who will also attend HCC, said she wants to become a marine biologist and work with manatees one day.

Raquel Hockaday, 18, was another senior nervous to cross that stage.

When asked what she would miss most about high school, Hockaday got choked up when she answered the people in her sports medicine program.

"They're like a little family," she said.

Hockaday will continue in the field, studying exercise science to become a physical therapy when going to University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in the fall.

Emily Edmunds, 17, also intends to study exercise science with dreams of becoming a physical therapist one day.

"I'm excited to get it over with," she said about graduation.

Next to her in line was Alex Giannaras.

"I'm going to miss being with my friends in the hallway," the 18-year-old said about what he will miss most. "I won't see them anymore."

Giannaras will be a computer network engineering major at UMBC and Emily will also be in HCC's exercise science program.

During the ceremony, the students were given many pieces of advice from Harford County employees and Harford Tech alum.

Board of Education member Alysson Krchnavy gave bits of wisdom from what she called "the greatest hits from graduation speeches I've heard along the way."