Chelsea Newman, Cameron MacPhee, Jaime Thoms and Alberto Serracin high-five before heading into the grad ceremony on Friday night at South Colchester Academy. The group were one of many on the lawn in front of the school posing for pictures and enjoying one last bit of fresh air before heading indoors.
TRURO - For more than 500 Colchester County students, Friday night marked the culmination of three years of late-night studying, exams, challenges and great achievements.
All three local high schools - Cobequid Educational Centre (more than 400 graduates), North Colchester High School (28) and South Colchester Academy (80) - said farewell to the Class of 2014. But it wasn't only the students who were proud of their accomplishments; teachers were pleased for the graduates as well.
"It's an emotional night," said Cobequid Educational Centre teacher Joyce Millman.
"It seems like an end but it's a huge step to new beginnings and a whole new adventure" for the young adults.
This was the second year graduation ceremonies were held at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro for CEC students, while North Colchester and South Colchester ceremonies were held at the Tatamagouche and Brookfield schools, respectively.
Once the nerves settled and the hardware and certificates were handed out, graduates continued to celebrate their achievements at safe grad activities, which included paintball, swimming, inflatable games, bowling, pizza parties and entertainment that continued into today.