With about 30 minutes to go before the official program began, young men and women in green gowns were walking briskly into the auditorium lobby.
Others chatted excitedly, or perhaps nervously, with other classmates.
The 2012 Providence High School graduation would soon start in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn on Saturday afternoon, and cameras flashed, school officials lined students up, and parents, relatives family and friends hurried to grab and save seats inside the auditorium.
Aliza Tribuzi, 18, said amid the chatter and rush, it was a nerve-racking experience.
“These four years have gone by so fast,” said Tribuzi, who was graduating with Cum Laude honors. “It's crazy that I'm pretty much never going to see these people again. This is really the last time we're all going to be together as a class. “
She plans to study health science at Cal State Chico.
Teacher Rafael Vega said the class of 98 students had “matured wonderfully.”