Red cap-and-gown-clad seniors covered nearly all the grass at Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School Thursday night.
While parents beamed and fellow students gave speeches about the future, their present lives and the past four years they spent together, the graduates waited to hear their names called.
"Well, class of 2007, you have made it," Principal Emilio Urioste said.
Names were called and echoed through loudspeakers around the graduating class as people in the stands shouted messages of encouragement and love toward them.
Students walked, cartwheeled and jumped through the aisles after shaking hands with their teachers.
Tassels were turned to the left, and, in their excitement, students skipped the traditional singing of the alma mater and threw their caps into the air amid red, white and silver confetti, and streamers burst from cannons on the side of the stage.
Then the joyous mayhem began.
Family, friends and loved ones flooded onto the field to snap photos and shed tears with their respective graduates.
"Oh my God, we … made it," Kimberly Tilley, 18, shouted as she hugged and climbed all over her friend Christen Taylor, 17.
Christen's mom, Sherry James Taylor, watched them celebrate and hugged her daughter. They smiled widely at each other, standing amid the dust that kicked up from hundreds of weepy and shouting people.
"I feel so wonderful," her mother said."It was down to the wire. She almost didn't make it."
Now that she has, she is most likely on her way to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Christen said.
For graduate Justin Hassis, 17, who gave the reminiscence speech at the ceremony, it was a different story.
A member of the National Honor Society, the California Scholarship Federation and the Burroughs choir, Justin said he was going to miss his high school life.
"There were a lot of rough times and a lot of fun times, but it was all great," he said. "I was excited to be moving on, but I know I am going to miss this."
Justin hadn't found his family yet in the bustle of the crowd. Many students stood on chairs, their hands raised and waving as they communicated a rendezvous with loved ones over their cellphones.
Dominic McKinnie, 17, had 10 people come to see him graduate. They stood in front of him in a semi-circle and took takes being photographed with him in his red cap and gown.
"I'm proud," his father, Patrick McKinnie, said. "It came quick. I'm really proud of him, really."
Dominic plans to attend Glendale Community College this summer to get a head start on his studies and get out of community college as soon as he possibly can to head to Cal State University Fresno or UC San Diego.
Even though he looks forward to moving on with his life, he said he won't ever forget the time he spent at Burroughs and the people that made up his world for four years.
"I feel awesome," he said. "Four years of school is over, four years of football is over. Getting everything done is pretty much the greatest feeling I have ever had; I am going to miss everything. All my friends, all my classes, all my teachers. These people did a lot for me out here."
John Burroughs High School Class of 2007 Graduates
Emin Abnousi, Angelo Ray Acharon, Jose Aguilar, Sarah Aguilar, Joseph Alarcon, Brooke Allen, Brandi Almanza, Yania Almanza, Michael Alvarado, Agina Alvarez, Andrea Alvarez, Daniel Alvarez, David Alvarez, Deanna Alvarez, Jennifer Alvarez, Melissa Alvarez, Brandon Andersen, Meredith Anderson, Kyle Aragon, Bryan Arceo, Jessica Arceo, Jairo Arenas, Danny Arevalo, Alberto Arias, Cassandra Arias, Yader Arita, Tigran Arjoyan, Toschkannie Arnold, Stephany Arroyave, Christina Arteaga, Desiree Asmar, Jan Erickson Asprer, Matthew Austin, Ani Avetisyan, Misha Aziz,
Maxim Babooie, Sara Baker, Omar Ballesteros, Michelle Barbula, Kristofor Bardales, Elizabeth Barragan, Phillip Barrile, Kirk Bass, Jessica Bedoya, Scott Beekman, Brian Berg, Lauren Bermeo, Simone Bessant, Alexandria Bessegato, Keith Binkly, Lafayette Blackmon, William Bliss, Caitlin Block, Jillian Boelke, Angie Bolanos, Karen Bonilla, Ledy Bosque, Jeffrey Bradshaw, Daniel Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, Aria Britt, Christine Brownfield, Tyler Bruno, Amanda Bryan, Nicolas Bryant, Tyler Bussard, Megan Byrne,
Bryan Cabanilla, Olivia Cabezas, Lindsey Cafarella, Robert Caffey, Leighton Cain, Sergio Calvillo, Tatiana Camacho-Daniel, Michael Cambianica, Tiffany Cammarata, Jessica Campbell, Taylor Campbell, Patricia Campos, Rolando Carcamo, Michael Cardenas, Kaitlyn Carey, Ivan Caro, Shayna Carroll, Shawnee Carter, Jacqueline Carver, Jocelyn Casas, Adrian Castillo, Bryant Castillo, Daniel Castillo, Timothy Castillo, Edward Castro, Juan Castro, Rocky Joe Castro, Vanessa Catalan, Thalia Cejudo, Ian Cervantes, Anasheh Chaharmahali, Cassidy Chamberlain, Kylynn Chaney, David Chavarria, Jesus Chavez, Karla Chavez, Stephanie Chicas, Mackenzie Chill, Ezra Chobaz, Melody Chung, Matthew Clark, Wesley Cleary, Nestor Cobian, Christopher Coffey, Valerie Cohen, Emily Cole, Joshua Collier, Thomas Conrad, Cody Cook, Alison Cornejo, Ismael Corona, Jesus Coronel, Tania Corte, Haydee Cortes, Christopher Cortez, Brandon Crawford, Byrone Cruz, Karen Cruz, Hazel Cueto,
Kim Lien Dang, Cassandra Davenport, Christopher Davila, Megan De Los Reyes, Manuel DeAvila, Natalie Defaz, Amanda D'Egidio, Michael Anthony DelCarmen , Kirsten DeRouville, Elvira Diaz, Guillermo Diaz, Stephanie Diaz, Samantha DiMatteo, Dominick DiNapoli, William Duncan, Tayley Dunivant,
David Eadler, Rebecca Edwards, Robert Edwards, Jillian Eklund, Johannah Eley, Edward Elkins, Justin Elliott, Erik Enson, Julie Ershadi, Ana Escamilla, Andrea Escobar, Debbie Escobar, Catherine Eskandar, Brianna Esquivel, Christine Estandarte, Darlene Etter, Jeffrey Evans,
Kimberly Fabio, Janelle Feldman, Andrew Felix, Brian Felix, Ryan Felix, Rick Fernandez, John Ferrara, Marcela Fierro, Philip Filijan, Samantha Fiol, Troy Fleiner, Holly Fleming, Anthony Fletcher, Diego Flores, Maribel Flores, Miguel Flores, Ramon Flores, Rosa Flores, Krystofer Ford, Lauren Frank, Victor Frausto,
Misho Galbo, Kyle Gale, Carolina Galleran, Anthony Galvez, Antonio Galvez, Alfredo Gamino, Rogelio Gandara Alvarez, Alexis Garcia, Dianna Garcia, Carina Garcia, Claudette Garibay, Dale Garrett, Kelley Gastelum, Megan Genova, Ambar George, Stephanie Gergov, Jason Ghezzi, Jasmeen Gill, Melissa Gimenez, Andrew Godin, Jonathan Goldstein, Erika Gomez, Marielle Gomez, Michele Gomez, Crystal Gomillion, Leanna Gonzales, Brenda Gonzalez, Carl Gonzalez, Ina Gonzalez, Oscar Gonzalez, Loni Goodeliunas, Brenda Grate, Mary Gray, Dyenne Green, Rene Guardado, Christina Guerra, Alex Guevara, Jose Guillermo, Michelle Guitard, Joey Gutierrez, Marie Gutierrez, Victor Gutierrez,
Justin Haasis, Rhett Haboush, Patrick Hanna, Logan Harrison, Damian Hattori, Antonio Hawks, Brett Hendrickson, Rachel Hendrickson, Shane Heninger, Bryce Hernandez, Chris Hernandez, James Hernandez, Jesika Hernandez, Matthew Hernandez, Adolfo Hernandez Jr., Joel Hernandez-Ramos, Paola Herrada, Saya Higuchi, Jaime Hill, Ryan Hinchliffe, Michelle Ho, Andrew Holbrook, David Holland, Michael Holland, Michael Holmes, Carina Howard, Janine Howell, Omar Huerta, Joseph Huggins, Chloe Hunt, William Hutauruk, Richard Ispirian, Emma Jackson, Briauna Jalsevac, Faine Jennings, Yan Jiang, Angelina Jiries, Michael Johnson, Thomas Johnson III, Trevore Jones, Heidi Juarez,
Pasan Kahandawa Arachchige, Ripsime Kajikian, Noriko Kajimoto, Jad Kalek, Serj Kalfayan, Benjamin Kasper, Donny Katepahsuke, Joanna Kelly, Jovysavannah Kelly, Amy Kennedy, Ho Jin Kim, Minna Kim, Brendon King, William Klos, Flynnie Kolb, Patrick Kreidt, Nolan Ku, Ilyse Kullman,
Christopher Ladd, Elizabeth Lagunas, Kevin Lahaie, Brittany Lapham, Erick Larios, James Larsen, Joseph Las Pinas, Joshua Lawrence, Jean Lee, Anna Rogien Lesigues, Ryan Letts, Griffin Levy-Heath, Brian Lewis, Joseph Lewis, Michael Lewis, Christopher Lightfoot, Levi Lilly, Shane Lilly, Sara Lim, Briana Linares, Rachel Lizotte, Marisa Llamas, Armando Lopez, Ashley Lopez, Carmen Lopez, Emanuel Lopez, Janet Lopez, Jordan Lopez, Melissa Lopez, Whitney Lowe, Elvin Luccon, Anthony Luciano, Alvaro Luevanos, Sara Lush, Jonathan Lussier,
Melissa Macaraeg, David Malcom, Christopher Malloy, Lauren Malouf, Avedis Manoukian, Jaklin Mantizyan, Sandy Manzo, Angela Marabyan, Kathleen Marcelo, Deniel Marquez, Chelsea Lane Marrone, Daniel Martinez, Elizabeth Martinez, Jake Martinez, Michelle Martinez, Jorge Martinez Jr., Matthew Massarella, Varand Matevosian, Jacquelyn Matheson, Shayna Mathis, Humann Matori, Erik Matsuoka, Jessica Maxwell, Sara McCabe, Andrew McCown, Patrick McGlynn, Brittany McGowan, James McIntosh, Dominic McKinnie, Justin McKnight, Annie McRae, Julio Mechoso, Gerardo Medina, Veronica Menchaca, Marlon Mendez-Gonzalez, Jonathan Mendoza, Amelia Merwin, Ryan Miles, Ivan Mineros, Michael Miri, Richard Mitchell, Andrew Mixon, Katrina Moen, Paolo Montenegro, Kenneth Montevilla, James Montoya, Alyssa Moore, Laura Moore, Samantha Moore, Eneida Mora, Jaime Morales, Elizabeth Moran, Lilyana Morejon, Andrea Moreno, Britney Morgan, Sally Morgan, Miguel Mundo, Geraldine Munoz, Maria Munoz,
Ryan Naccarato, Rodolfo Nava, Carlos Navarro, Gina Navia, Kyle Nay, Narineh Nersessian, Trieu Nguyen, Thy Nguyen-Pham, Kimrey Nicholson, Saul Nunez, Adam O'Brien, Katherine O'Brien, Elaine Ocean, Norayr Oganesyan, Sun Yeong Oh, Adriana Orozco, Zeke Orozco, Steve Ortiz, Jonathan Ospina, Kevin Otello, Elizabet Ovakimyan,
Travis Owens Byron Pacheco, Paul Padilla, Michelle Pagdanganan, Berenice Palacios, Joel Palilla, Rebecca Parsley, Brock Patenaude, Tessa Peaslee, Katherine Pera, Alejandro Perez, Marcy Perez, Justine Petralli, Hayley Petzoldt, Michael Peyton, Demi Pinkus, Leilani Pitpitan, Jamil Pittmon, Marielle Pizarro, James Poteet, Daniel Pourghassamians, Sarah Prager, J. Anthony Preciado, Samantha Pruneda, Jarrod Przebieda, Geraldo Puga, Dianne Pulido, Amber Pyfrom, Abner Qian,
Abraham Ramirez, Liset Ramirez, Angelica Razo, Keith Recchia, Scott Reichelderfer, Nicha Rengrudkij, Chelsea Reyes, Gustavo Reyes, Paulina Reyes, Matthew Reyes Rodas, Jesse Richardson, Jessica Robles, Caitlan Rock, Angela Rodriguez, Brigette Rodriguez, Hugo Rodriguez, Martin Rodriguez, Rebeca Rodriguez, Nicholas Rogers, Albert Romero, Christian Rosas, Eric Rosas, Beatriz Ruano, Haley Rude, Steven Runyan, Joseph Rushlow, Clayton Ryan,
Alfonso Saenz, Christian Salazar, Ivan Salazar, Esmeralda Saldana, Ayerim Salgado, Jose Salgado, Frank Salmeron, Jaqueline Saltos, George Sanchez, Kevin Sanchez, Nicolas Sanchez, Sade Sanchez, Robert Sanderson, Esmeralda Sandoval, Krystyn Sandoval, Daisy Santana, Nestor Saravia, Tori Sartuche, Anthony Seiler, Olga Sepa, Sharee Servin, Christopher Shaffer, Patricia Shaffer, Melanie Shelton, Evan Sherwood, Ashley Shinn, Martin Shinn, Alejandro Silva, Anthony Simile, Wisanu Sittikai, Armen Siwajian, Vanetta Smith, Michael Snook, Kelcey Soderstrom, Rosa Solis, Woody Somvichai, John Sorrell III, Erick Soto, Eduardo Sotomayor Jr., Brandon Spear, Natasha Speech, Danny Staples, Taylor Stearns, Daniel Steffey, Maxwell Stern, Aleksandra Stojkovic, Shannon Stoy, Mitchell Straaberg, Justin Strahs, Brianna Strobl, Roxanna Suarez, Dutch Suckley, Corina Sullivan, Andrew Surina IV, Glen Sweet, Van Syverud,
Alyssa Tago, Margaux Tamula, Jenny Tapia-Gutierrez, Christen Taylor, Vincent Tempongko, Jade Terry, Caroline Thacker, Ryan Thomas, Erin Thompson, Anthony Thongsarn, Cindy Tieu, Kimberly Tilley, Layla Toma, Simon Ton, Nicholas Tonkinson, Daniella Torrecilla, Maria Torrico, Cindy Tovar, Shannon Towell, Timothy Tristan, Vanessa Troy, Aubrey Trujillo, Athena Tsiatsos, John Anthony Tuason, Nikki Rose Tumbokon, Navakhun Tumpunya,
Alyssa Valencia, Alysa Valles, Andrew Varadi, Brian Vasquez, Brittney Vasquez, Daniel Vasquez, Crystal Vega, Daniel Vega, Ana Vela, Amy Vichaidit, Natalia Villalpando, Nathan Villareal,
Torrey Wagner, Amanda Wahl, Belisaurius Watson, Byron Weiss, Sarah Wescott, Serena Whitecotton, Lindsey Whitener, Joseph Wiggan, Wathmi Wijesinghe, Adam Williams, Amber Williams, Yohance Williamson, Chelsea Wolff, Kellian Wong, Elann Wozniak,
Bedros Yeretzian, Jessica Yount,
Veronica Zamudio, Miguel Zavala, Sandra Zeferino, Daniel Zesati, Jaime Zesati, Andrea Zevallos, Kourtney Zilbert