The setting sun streaked clouds with pink and gold against a blue sky, as the voices of the Liberty County High School chorus rose above a sea of more than 250 graduating seniors Friday evening.
Graduates and attendees listened to the chorus sing about dreams coming true, memories, friendships and saying goodbye, while looking toward the future.
Seniors, wearing their caps and gowns, marched inside Donell Woods Stadium to the cheers and screams of friends and family in the stands.
The graduation featured speeches by senior class Vice President Cameron VanHorn, class President Joy Brown, salutatorian Alexandria Swinson and valedictorian Lisa McKinney.
Seniors who graduated with honors, earned scholarships and certifications were recognized during the ceremony. Each student’s named was called as they received an award.
They included Morgan Propes, who earned a welding certification. Eli Polite earned a football scholarship to Cumberland College. And Dylan Stewart earned the Joe Watkins Memorial Scholarship and Doc Williams Scholar Athlete Scholarship.
The moment had finally come for graduates to walk down the aisle and receive their diplomas.
Cheers erupted repeatedly from the stands when students’ names were called as they greeted school board members and were handed their diploma case.
LCHS Principal Stephanie Woods presented the 2017 graduating class and the students marched into their future.