By Victor Calderon
Mira Loma High School graduates walked across the stage in their red caps and gowns to receive their diplomas on Friday during a ceremony at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium.
The graduating class for the Carmichael-area school had about 320 students.
"I remember my first day as a freshman at Mira Loma," said , a 1976 graduate of the school. "I never though I would end up as principal at one of the best high schools in the country, my alma mater.
The two-hour ceremony included performances by the Mira Loma Band and students. David Looi played Rhapsodie Hongroise No. 2 by Franz Liszt on the piano and Belinda Li sang "You Lift Me Up" by Rolf Lovland and Brendan Graham.
"Today is about looking to the future," said Keizra Mecklai, the student body president. "This year, the world isn't ending; we're just taking over."
Dozens of valedictory scholars and National Merit scholars for the International Baccalaureate school were recognized as were Vineeth Gangaram and Alice Ni, Mira Loma's two Presidential Scholars.
Graduates than walked the stage from Arain Mohammadzad Aazami to Snezhana Ivanovna Zvyagintseva, although not in alphabetical order.
Afterwards, graduates embraced their family and friends and posed for photos, not wanting their final moments together as an entire class to come to an end.