It was a tearful goodbye for most seniors graduating from Searsport District High School on Thursday. Students stood at the graduation podium to present gifts to notable advisers and teachers and listened to heartfelt speeches by fellow students.

Of 33 graduating seniors, 24 are expected to move into higher education, seven are entering the workforce and three are joining the military. Principal Marianne DeRaps said, “We have excellent teachers who have high standards,” giving credit for the high rate of students seeking post-secondary education.

The class cheered with the crowd as students received their diplomas. The students have been supportive of each other in whichever path they choose after graduation, according to DeRaps.

“They’re really close-knit, they genuinely love each other …. At senior night they screamed for each other and were genuinely proud,” she said.

For the class recessional, they took turns pacing the room to "The Time of Your Life" by Green Day while parents snapped photos of their children's final moments of high school. Afterward, there was a reception for family and students to share a last laugh before parting into the world.

“They know when to be mature and when to be young,” DeRaps said.