GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Day one of Pitt County high school graduations finished Friday evening, as students from Farmville Central and D.H. Conley High Schools made their way across the stage to receive their diplomas.
The ceremonial turning of the tassels is the official sign that high school is over.
For hundreds of Pitt County students Friday, it signaled the beginning of a new chapter in their life, but for some, it was bittersweet.
Selena Lopez, Sabrina Lawing and Lauren Hudson are all now Farmville Central High School graduates. They told WITN, "I was scared. I started crying and then I was like, you know, what, this has got to happen. I'm just a big emotional wreck."
For other grads, it was nothing more than a relief.
"Ever since, like, day one, I've been working till this point and it's finally here," says Justice Green, a D.H. Conley graduate.
"It's kind of overwhelming," says Anthony Reiff of Farmville Central. "It's really exciting."
But no matter how students felt about leaving, there was a general consensus that there are aspects they will miss.
"Our class, we were just like a big old family, so I'm going to miss... I think when we go off, we're going to separate, but we still going to keep in contact," says Kendra Gregg and Kamyra Moore, D.H. Conley graduates.
And graduation is a joyous occasion in its own right, but the students of these two schools had something additional to celebrate. Students at both schools were awarded millions in scholarships, more than $5 million collectively at D.H. Conley and more than $8 million at Farmville Central.
Most of the graduates were going to either a four-year or two-year college, or were planning on entering the armed forces or work force.
Most of them just wanted to enjoy the moment and attend as many graduation parties as they can.
Saturday, Pitt County graduations will continue with South Central, Ayden Grifton, North Pitt and J.H. Rose High Schools.