They piled into shuttles and trekked up a mountainside carrying flowers, balloons and well wishes for graduates of the Class of 2007.
Loved ones packed the Starlight Bowl in Burbank Friday night for Burbank High School's graduation.
Inside the bowl, they waited, dressed in blue caps and gowns, some wearing their honors cords and service learning medals, all ready to change their tassels from right to left.
"I'm excited because I'm the first person to graduate," Sosi Abrahamian, 17, said. Her name put her in first place to receive a handshake during the roll call portion of the ceremony.
Besides being the first to walk across the stage, Sosi was excited about everything after graduation and the new responsibilities of leaving high school, she said.
"I guess I am going to miss high school," Sosi said. "I'm never going to have that same experience again."
A blue and white banner hung over the stage with the Burbank High School Concert Band and Orchestra, district board members and school administrators sitting under it.
The band area was speckled with graduates who played their instruments wearing their robes, the last time they would play for a Burbank High event in their high school lives.
Some were ready to leave, others were tearful at the prospect, and Fred Zelaya, 17, was feeling a mixture of emotions, he said.
"I'm a little excited and at the same time a little scared," Fred said. "I think I'll get sad once it actually hits me that most of the people I used to hang out with I'm probably never going to see again."
Fred is headed to UC Riverside in the fall to study psychology and then law. He participated in mock trials at Burbank High and wants to become a lawyer in the public sector, working for a city as a district attorney.
College is also the next step for Ximena Sanchez, 17, who is the second sibling of four to graduate from high school. Her three brothers, many cousins, parents and grandparents came to see her graduate.
"We're very proud of her," Ximena's cousin, Sandra Rosales said. "It's extremely special."
Ximena's older brother, Jorge Sanchez, who did not graduate from high school but got his GED in prison, said he thinks his mistakes have been a big part of his sister's success.
"We're big influences," Sanchez said of himself and his brother. "We told her not to be like us. This is a really big deal."
As the sun began its steady descent behind the Burbank hills, graduate and ceremony speaker Brittany Tomlinson urged her fellow seniors to think about their futures and make good choices for the rest of their lives.
"I challenge you to think about the person you will become," Brittany said. "Fellow graduates, I wish you a great new beginning and an even better ending."
Burbank High School Class of 2007 Graduates
Narine Abgaryan, Sosi Abrahamian, Celestino Chora Acosta, Natalie Adjimikrian, Lianna Lili Adzhemyan, Cameron Thomas Agai, Alfredo Aguilar, Cindy Aguillon, Alisha Kristine Albright, Ani Aleksandryan, Dominique Yvette Allen, Eduard Altunov, Christian J. Alvarez, Edgar Alvarez, John Anthony Alvarez, Garren Edwin Amirian, Katherine Amanda, Lober Andrusco, James Antaplyan, Jairo V. Araiza, Zaruhi Arakelyan, Enessa Aramyan, Addison Emilo Arce, Pedro Armendariz, Jeyquin Juan Carlos Arrue, Rita Arrue, Armen Asataryan, Kristin Askar, Edward Avanessians, Rita Avanissian, Joseph Avedisian, Susanna Avetisian, Vagan Avetisyan, Emily Victoria Avina, Zaven J. Ayvazian, Armine Ayvazyan,
Arsen Babajanyan, Valeda Babakhanian, Priscilla Baca, Tony Badalbo, Wyatt Jameson Baer, Cynthia Bagheri, Anthony Giovanni Baldinelli, Artin Bandarian, Kimberly Barlow, Ira Barseghian, Garen Barsegyan, Shant Bartemian, Scott Ryan Beck, Adrian Begi, Sarmen Begijanyan, Clarissa Bent, Victoria Berberyan, Courtney Paige Berman, Thomas Bjorn Berman, Alexander Manuel Bernal Paredes, Christopher R. Besu, Vlad William Biroff, Megan Bisordi, Natalie Marie Bonomo, Destiny Bowie, Lani Skye Bowman, Michael Boyadjyan, Melissa Celsie Bravo, Amanda Marie Browne, Derek Buchanan, Mikael Felip Buencamino, Katherinn Buritica, Allyson Burns, Steven P. Burrows,
Ambar Paola Cabrera, Serafin Canizares, Samantha Lucia Cardillo, Arcelino Byron Carolino, Janine Carreno, Jonathan Castaneda, Kristie Castellon, Jairo Antonio Castillo, Gonzalo Alonso Castro, Ashley Caven, Frank G. Celano, Dorian Renee Celis, Jorge Magin Chacon, James Chakavarnmongkol, Jessica Chaker, Woongbin Chang, Christina Rose Chau, David Chavez, Nanneh Chehras, Tsz Cheung, Ester Chilian, Michelle Micha Chon, Tina Jae Hee Chong, Nikos Christianakis, Natasha Yana Christoffersen, Esther Chung, Kevin Chung, Young Jin Chris Chung, Christopher Cienfuegos, David Lawrence B. Clarino, Asharee Clark, Odessa Alexandra Coria-Martin, Lidia G. Cornejo, Yesenia Esmeralda Cornejo, Jennie Cindy Corona, Karissa Lauren Romo Corona, Itzhel Daniela Coronel, Joe D. Covarrubias, Tyler Cripps, Samantha Mari Crocker, Diego A. Cruz, Samantha Samantha Cuellar, Robert E. Cunningham, Rachel Christine Cuseo,
Gianna Marae Dahlia, Alissa Gennai Daniels, Arman A. Darabedyan, Gavin Darcey, D'Andre Davila, Melissa Davila, Johanna De La Cruz, Mary De La Cruz, Linda De Los Santos, Veronica De Los Santos, Destinee DaShele De'Voux, Bahjat Deeb, Piruz Demirchyan, Sharmagh Der Zakarian, Sarbeg Derzakarian, Pierce Phillip Devol, Sherville Dinush Dias, Anthony S. Diaz, Loren Lee Diaz, Daniel DiGiovanni, Michelle Dominguez, Maria Donado, Gregory Adam Donathan, Araceli Mireles Duran, Erica N. Durant, Lamont N. Duverne,
Amanda Lynn Edwards, Jason Rebel Ellegood, Ahmed Assaad Elmoula, Ellie Lardinois English, Gregory Edward Eremian, Maggy Jasmine Ergun, Rosemarie Escalante, Yolanda J. Espiritu, Briseida Esquivel, Christian R. Estrada, Christopher Estrada
Yusra Fakhreddine, Shawn S. Fasano, Justin Feldman, Steven Lee Ferguson, Noemi Fernandez, Gregory Michael Fields, Jazmin Fields, Rachel Fisher, Michele Nicole Fitch, Raul A. Flores, Vanessa Flores, Mc Kenna Forster, Bryan H. Fortner, Erika Fraire, Arturo Frausto
Gary Galadzhyan, Desiree Nicole Gallegos, Krystel Marie Gallo, Oscar E. Galvan, Jose Garces, Brian Anthony Garcia, Brigette Alejandra Garcia, Jaimie Garcia, Justine Alexa Garcia, Marissa S. Garcia, Lilit Garibyan, Nataly Gevorkian, Rebecca Sarineh Ghadimi, Arlene Ghahremani, Manifa Gharapetian, Teni Gharibians, Raya Liovayevna Ghevondian, Fariba Ghorbani, Melissa R. Giraldo, Samantha Gochez, Carolina Godinez, Jordan Goldberg, Leah Nicole Gonzales, Lloyd Patrick Gonzales, Brandon Daniel Gonzalez, Carl Randy Gonzalez, Jacob A. Gonzalez, Lissette Gonzalez, Candice Goodbar, Mehran Goorabian, Brittany Grant, Ara Grigorian, Art Grigorian, Zarui Grigorian, Donara Grigoryan, Christopher Guerrero, Juan Manuel Gutierrez, Kristin Elisa Gutierrez, Maria Gutierrez, Davit Gyozalyan,
Maryann Hahn, Sarah Jane Hancock, Valery Hannoun, Lena Haroutunian, Charles Andrew Harring II, Andrew Ryan Harris, Tashonda Monae Harrison, Emma Harutyunyan, Gary A. Hatch, Amanda Nicole Hernandez, Antonio Hernandez, Diane Elizabeth Hernandez, Freddy Hernandez, Juan Camilo Hernandez, Lisa Monique Hernandez, Steven Anthony Hernandez, Adolfo Herrera, Carmen Hinojosa, Keith R. Hoefel, Laura M. Hoffman, Christin Rachel Holden, Marcus Alexander Gilbert Hood, Pauline Andrea Hoosepian-Mer, Michelle Elizabeth Horgan, Natalie Horgan, David Curlee Horton III, Talene Elizabeth Hovhannessian, Maneh S. Hovsepyan, Valerie Helen Howell, Michael Joseph Huezo, Omar Hundal, Cameron William Hunter,
Vincent Ieraci, Taylor D. Inouye, Monica Beatriz Irusta, Ani Isaghulyan, Adena Issaian,
Anthony E. Jackson, Elizabeth Jarasunas, Erick David Jarrin, Kiran Jolly, Matthew Jones, Rocio Juarez, David Jun, Hoi-Song Jung,
Anush Kagramanian, Da Young Kang, Grace Eunhae Kang, Ra Ra Kang, Sandra Kang, Grigory Karapetyan, Karo Karapetyan, Narek Karapetyan, Kristof T. Kardos, Alexandra Ray Kelley, Brett Robert Kendall, Suzi Keossian, Tanya Keshishian, Jaklen Keshishyan, Wyatt James Kessler, Catherine Kestenian, Artur Ketchedjian, Lusine Khachatrian, Liana Khachatryan, Sahak Sam Khachikyan, Tigran Khachikyan, Andre Khodabakhshian, Ani Khodaverdian, Lucine Khoudikian, Jennifer Khrimian, Eun Hwa Kim, Hyun Jee Kim, Jason Seung-Min Kim, Joshua Phillip Kim, Leo Kim, Se Hee Kim, Yoon Gon Kim, Yun Ki Kim, Annali Kingston, Vache Kirakosyan, Tyler Kirby, Alexander Joseph Kiss, Jonathan Taylor Knuth, Levon Kolesnikov, Samantha Joy Koll, Perry William Koon, Hayk Kotelyan, Margarita Alexandrovna Kozhevnikova,
Marwyn Charles Lansangan Turla, Samantha Helen Lassiter, Matthew R. Lau, Media Lave, Joseph Le, Andrew Laurence Le Duc, Brian Lee, Diane Lee, Carol Ji-Hae Lee, Richard Lee, Tracy Ellen Lee, Julie A. Lemons, Lin-Hui Gillian Liau, Robert Linda, Kelly Andrew Loney, Damaris Esther Lopez, Dionely Lopez, Josue Gilberto Lopez Bravo, Maria J. Lopez Urquiza, Hernan Lopez Urquiza, Eric J. Loucks, Nataly Loza, Lance D. Luciani, Sarah Kathryn Luciani, Spencer Christian Luciani, Kriztian Michelle Luna,
Diana Maaz, Daniel J Magallanes, Sean Kelly Magner, Maidaa Jadoua Maidaa, Matthew Maislin, Jacklin Maleeh, Sona Malkhasyan, Evin Raymond Mares, Carlos Marroquin, Christopher Paul Martinez, Gabriella Nichole Martinez, Giovanni Martinez, Samantha S, Martinez, Vanessa C. Martinez, Haroutiun Martirosian, Julie Michele Masterson, Roy McCarthy, Shannon Lynn McClusky, Ashley Nicole McDonald, Shaun McDonald, Alison Marie McKinley, James H. McNeal IV, Melissa Ann Medina, Nanor Mehrabian, Shara Mehrabian, Angela Meidaa, Jordan Brittany Meier, Harut W. Melikyan, Linda Mepokee, Oscar Meza, Grigori Mikayelyan, Keerawat Mingcharoenwong, Kittibordee Mingcharoenwong, Laura I. Mireles-Duran, Anna Mirimanova, Jasmine V. Mitchell, Jazmin Elysse Mitchell, Arpi Mkrtchyan, Shushanik Mkrtchyan, Ramma Samir Mohammad, Ruben Molina, Brighten Joy Momeny, Luther Ryan Moore, Garen Moradian, Jaime Morales, Joana Morales, Cody Jay Morgan, Christine Bobae Mun, Anita Munoz, Fiorella N. Murillo, Kelsey Murphy, Bianca Andrea Murray, Courtney Christina Murray,
Armen Nalbandian, Sofia Nami, Inga Nazaryan, David Joseph Nelson, Chad Nichols, Lisa Nori Nishimura, Justin Noll, Matthew Gregory Noll, Armine Amy Nshanyan, David Javier Nunez,
Hyung Min O, Dennis O'Dea, Gayane Oganesyan, Tatev Oganyan, Esther Oh, Robert Oroujian, Harut Orujyan, Gustavo Osorio Hernandez, Etelberto Ospina, Simon Ovakimian, Ruben Ovsepyan, Seda Ovsepayan,
James Paik, Owen Dean Panno, Trevor Panno, Anesa Eva Panusian, Gerardo Paredes, Margaret Ga Yun Park, Daniel Park, Kyun Yong Park, Sijin Park, Lisa Park, Jeremy Parker, Reina Alicia Partida, Jasmine Pascual, Ani Patatanyan, Noe Patlan, Raeleen Pecev, Roberto J. Pena, Anthony Pereda, Armine Petrosyan, Selin Petrosian, David Petrosiants, Melanie Petrossian, Armen Petrosyan, Stepan Petrosyan, Rodolfo Piedra, Nicholas Joseph Pietrantonio, Francisco A. Pineda, Hunter Pitkin, Chloe Delores Pittman, Chanel Danica Placial, Everett Pleasant, Arian Poladian, Valerie Katherine Ponce, Sable Elise Potts, Jesse Benjamin Powell-Masse, Moises Preciado, Michael Pulido, Beatrice Purtyan,
Stephanie Quintana, Genesis R. Quintanilla,
Arifeen Rahman, Randa R. Ramia, Claudia Ramirez, Estrella Ramirez, Jaime Ramirez, Krystal Ramirez, Luis Ramirez, Deanna Ramos, Alison Rose Ranshaw, Samantha Regal, Daniel Repchian, Armand Retchian, Emily Rose Reynolds, Imad Rezko, Alexander Rhyoo, Kristine Riley, Bernardo Rivas, Aul Rivera, Fabiola Rodas, Andrew Rodriguez, Eva M. Rodriguez, Esmeralda Rodriguez, Leyla Michell Romero, Vannessa Romero, Anthony Casey Rondinella, Julianna Marie Rondinella, Daniel Eduardo Rosales, Kevin Rosales, Natasha Roth, Jason Andrew Rowsey,
Ani Saakyan, Seyedhamidreza Sadatian, Karen Safrazbekian, Roaa Sahtah, Raymond Salem, Mayela Salinas, Tiffany Elaine Salvatierra, Andres Mauricio Sanchez-Saenz, Jasmine Sanchez, Ximena Nereida Sanchez, Luis E. Sandoval, Garn Sangsuriyakul, Eileen Aleli Santos, William Santos, Gor Sardarian, Davit Sargsyan, Vardges Sargsyan, Vahan Sarukhanyan, Rebecca Schob, Pablo F. Schoenfeld, Ashley Marie Schwartz, Randall Scovill, Jose L. Serrano Jr., Javier Maria Servin Zaracho, Sabrina Shadekamayan, Clark Anthony Shafer, George Shammas, Rachel Sheffield, Jessica Ann Wong Sherin, Chelsea Rae Shideler, Ani Shirinian, Aram S. Simonian, Arpi Sinenian, Gagandeep Singh, Manmeet Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, LaChee Elisheva Singleton, Sarah Singleton, Nathan Siriyanonda, John Skaf, Jerriel Sanders, Romeo Sleiman, Krista Lauren Smith, Amy Lauren Snook, Carter James Snowden, Arpine Sogomonyan, Avetis Avo Sogomonyan, April Soto, Josh Soto, Briana Adele Stevens, Clayton Henry Stevens, Shawn Kory Stevens, Natalie Ann Stowell, Xiao Su,
Aren Tahmasian, Kristina Takhmazyan, Maxine Louise Taleon, Meghedi Tarverdimasihi, Grigor Tashchian, Haley Eliza Taylor, Zachary David Taylor, Andranik Ter-Pogosyan, Alina A. Ternakalyan, Emin Terzian, Sean Carl Thomas, Arlen Tomasian, Brittany P. Tomlinson, Tiffany M. Tomlinson, Gayaneh Torosian, Arshak Torossian, Irina Torosyan, Ingrid Maniago Torres, Alena Toumasian, Lexann Townsend, Jasmine Trejo, Anthony Trujillo, Tatevik Tsaturyan, Marwyn Turla,
Allyson Yukiko Ujimori, Rachyl Marie Underwood, Edmund Joshua Urquiza,
Karen Shabeli Valderrama, Danny A. Valdez, Michael Martin Valencia, Asusena Vanzandt, Andrew Anthony Vargas, Bianca Dominique Vargas, Katherine Vargas, Marisol Vargas, Tina Vartanian, Armen Vartanyan, Vahe Vartunian, Luis A. Vega, Marcela Velez, Kyle Richard, Walter Villa, Rachel Therese Villafuerte, Javier Villalpando Jr., Francisco Viray Jr., Natalia Sophia vonSonn,
Tomek Wachowiak, Victoria Elena Wachowiak, David Aaron Waters, Scott Anthony Wessel, Brittney Michelle White, Joshua Carlo Wilcox, Jessica Winn, Caitlin Elizabeth Wolf,
Christine Yaacoubian, Roni Yaghyayan-Alvand, Stepan Steve Yagulyan, Hyung Suk Steven Yeo, Jae Yoon Yeon, Tigran Yeremyan, Grigor K. Yessaian, Jirair K. Yessaian, Mihrdat K. Yessaian, Christine Youhanna, Joelle Younani, Colleen Brennan Young, Sydney Victoria Young, Romel Youssefi,
Dayla Zadoorian, Ann Zakarian, Mathew James, Aminat Zaourbekova, Hovannes Ari Zeithlian, Fred Zelaya, Johnny E. Zendejas, Daniella Lizette, Emineh Zohrabi, Melinda Rosemary Zook, Laura Zoradi