HAGERSTOWN -- Many South Hagerstown High School students high-fived their teachers Friday morning as they filed into the school's gym for their graduation ceremony.
So began a joyful two-hour ceremony full of hugs, tears and loud bursts of applause.
A proud mother started crying and said "that's my baby, there she goes," as the class of 2008 made its way into the gymnasium.
Jermaine Cain, a 2006 South High graduate, played the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" on an organ as his fellow Rebels processed in two-by-two.
During the lengthy entrance, one man wiped away tears using his tie.
As he does every year, Principal Richard Akers made good on his promise to keep his speech to two minutes. Akers told his graduates to "treat the minutes and hours that make up your life as the precious treasures they are," and reminded them that, upon receiving their diplomas, they forever are Rebels.