Proud friends and family looked on as their Shadle Park graduates received their high school diploma Saturday morning.
Four years of countless tests, Friday night football games and school dances. All now closed chapters in their own history books.
"We thought it was going to do slow like when you come in as a freshman you're like oh my gosh I'm going to be in this high school forever, but it goes so quick," said Olivia Meyers, Shadle Park graduate.
Most of these graduates started kindergarten in 2001. The year when ENRON crashed, Friends was the most watched television show, the Arizona Diamondbacks were World Series Champions, and of course the unforgettable tragedies of 9/11.
The class of 2014 has grown up through some of the worst times the world has seen, but also some of the best.
It's almost parallel to these young adults lives, showing what they are capable of. Their future is in their hands .
For many of these students that future is college.
"I hope it's just as much fun as high school if not way more, and really just get a whole new experience," said Brittany Gately, Shadle Park graduate.
For others it's the military or cosmetology school.
Whatever it is for the 1,600 graduating students of Spokane Public Schools, in the words of the great Dr. Seuss, "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... Get on your way."
Ferris' graduation is Sunday, June 8th at 1:30 p.m. at Spokane Veterans Arena.
Lewis and Clark's graduation is Sunday, June 8th at 5:00 p.m. at Spokane Veterans Arena.
Bryant/TEC's graduation is Monday, June 9th at 7 p.m. at Bryant/TEC.