SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Martinsburg High School student council President Stephen Lowell always thought he would be ready to say good-bye at graduation on Friday night.
"I am ready to say goodbye to those last homework assignments, but I am not ready to say goodbye to all of the people that I love," Lowell said in parting remarks to fellow graduates of the school's class of 2007.
Lowell was one of school's 313 students who graduated this year.
At the 129th commencement exercise inside the Butcher Athletic Center at Shepherd University, smiles expanded the length of most graduates' faces as each of their names were announced.
Pockets of an overflowing crowd cheered, hooted and clapped for their graduates, who were presented with their diplomas and congratulated by school principal Kenneth L. Pack III, County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon, and the members of Berkeley County Board of Education.