Thousands of camera-clutching family members and friends flocked to the Starlight Bowl Friday evening to watch the roughly 700 Burbank High School graduates rearrange the tassels on their mortarboards.
It was a bittersweet evening for many graduates, who while ready to tackle the next stage of their lives, were emotional about the friends and memories they were leaving behind.
"I feel like I might cry," said graduate Angel Guerrero, 17. "Because this family is really close."
He meant his graduating class, members of which over the last four years have become his brothers and sisters, he said.
"Our class is really drama-free," he said, adding that he's known many since elementary school. "They're good, positive people, overachievers, people who expect to do well in life."
In fact, 87 students of the graduating class — dubbed "legends in the making" — earned above a 4.0 grade point average, school officials said.