Some of Harford's public and private school seniors may hardly be able to contain their excitement that a dozen or more years of school are finally coming to an end. Perhaps they're moving on to more. Others may be lamenting that they won't be seeing their same group of friends day in and day out.
More than likely, it's a combination of both. Here are the graduation lists for Harford's Class of 2015.
Perryville High School's commencement was not only a bittersweet time for the 180 members of the Class of 2015, many of whom are leaving friends they have had for four years, but also for the teachers who have worked with them during the same four-year period.
Best friends Shayla Akins and Morgan Burke were both excited to be taking their next steps in life following their graduation from Harford Christian School Friday evening, but they also knew they would be leaving behind a senior class that has become a like a family.
As the 37th class to walk out of the doors of Harford Technical High School, the class of 2015 had some big shoes to fill, as well as some big dreams of their own.
"I have learned that I still have a lot to learn," a beaming Nazairah Hines, 16, told her fellow classmates and their relatives and friends Friday morning.
All 128 members of the Havre de Grace High School Class of 2015 were celebrated during the 128th annual commencement Thursday evening, but one graduate received a special recognition because of how he has overcome adversity and inspired his classmates.
Randy Gill, of Forest Hill, was ecstatic as he watched his 17-year-old daughter Alissa cross the stage Wednesday afternoon during the Bel Air High School commencement ceremony, and he called out to her to stop while she headed back to her seat so he could snap a picture of her with her diploma.
Although he was presiding over his last commencement as principal of North Harford High School, Ed Herbold did not give a tearful speech, and he kept the proceedings moving in a brisk manner Wednesday as the 352 members of the school's Class of 2015 were celebrated.
The valedictorian of Edgewood High School's 57th graduating class quoted Isaac Newton in her speech: "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
Aberdeen High teacher urges graduates to find their 'master status' to make the world a better place
With Aberdeen Proving Ground almost a stone's throw from its campus, Aberdeen High School's student population is made up of youths from around the country and the world, and several members of the graduating Class of 2015 noted the school is a place that brings them all together in a nurturing environment.
C. Milton Wright High School Principal Michael Thatcher was briefly overcome with emotion Monday as he made his final official remarks to the Class of 2015, his first graduating class as the Bel Air-area high school's principal.
Some of the 185 members of The John Carroll School's Class of 2015 have future plans that will take them hundreds or thousands of miles from the Bel Air campus they have called home for the past four years, but as one parent put it, they will always have a family at John Carroll.
For The John Archer School's eight seniors, the smallest class to graduate Harford County Public Schools, Friday was a day to celebrate all kinds of progress.
"You don't know what you can do or can't do unless you ask," Ronald Costa said from the front of the Bel Air Reckord Armory stage Friday morning.