It’s that time of the year again, the time when seniors walk up on stage to commemorate years of growth and education. On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, Mission High School hosted its final event of the school year.

“This day represents accomplishments and friendships, ” said senior Yasmin Bhatti, moments before the ceremony was to begin.

“It represents everything that has happened. It represents unity, because none of us would be here without one another standing next to each other.”

Bhatti will be moving on to UC Berkeley in the fall.

Seniors patiently wait for their names to be called.

One hundred and seventy-eight students donned the cap and gown Wednesday, each student with a unique and personal journey. But the vast majority — 84 percent — share this: They will be moving on to college.

“This day represents a long four years of hard work, especially the last couple of years. This was definitely one of the most important years of my life, and I’m very grateful to be in this position,” said Amine Houri.

Houri will be attending the University of Puget Sound next year.

Mission High’s Cornelius M. Murphy Auditorium was packed, as friends and relatives from all over came to witness the event. Camera flashes fired from all corners, balloons dangled left to right, and seats filled up quickly.

“This represents the first day of the rest of my life,” said David Johnson, adjusting his cap. “It’s a monumental day. Family’s here. Love the atmosphere here, and we’re moving on to bigger and better things.”

Johnson will be attending San Francisco State University.

So as caps soared to the rafters, hugs were exchanged, and yearbooks were signed, the seniors were finally free from high school.

Caps shot up as the music began to play.