Steamboat Springs Whether it was the traditional cap and gown that Soroco High School graduating seniors were wearing or a choose-your-own-attire at the Lowell Whiteman School graduation which included top hats, shorts with sport jackets and ties, as well as evening gowns the young men and women who graduated at the two schools Saturday were embarking on the rest of their lives.
Thirty-one Soroco students and 28 Lowell Whiteman students received their diplomas.
After receiving her diploma and walking out of the auditorium, Lowell Whiteman student Kristen Andrews said moving on will be difficult to do.
"It feels like a family here," she said with a touch of sadness in her voice.
Andrews' classmate, Alex Shippman, said he won't know when it will all sink in.
"I'm pretty much going to miss everything here," he said.
Lowell Whiteman's commencement speaker, Brandon Davis, said those feeling are natural to have.
"At this point, I think it's fair to say that you are veterans to your environment," Davis said. "Now the rules have changed."
Davis emphasized to the students that the cycle of becoming a veteran in one area and then moving on to undiscovered territory will repeat itself throughout their lives.
Soroco's commencement speaker, Rhett Lauback, urged the graduating class to move forward with confidence and to make their own definition of success.
"This is a defining moment," Lauback said. "It's the day you will look back on in you life and say, 'That's when everything started to change.'"
He encouraged the Soroco students to work hard, have the courage to make mistakes and attain a version of success that makes them happy.